Claire Miller

Aotearoa Fellow, Auckland Bioengineering Institute



Hi, my name is Claire Miller and I am an applied mathematician in the area of computational biology. Currently, I am an Aotearoa Fellow at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand developing spatiotemporal mathematical models to better understand endometriosis onset and early growth. In this work I focus on agent-based modelling and compartmental methods to answer research questions such as ‘how do cell behaviours affect lesion invasion?’ and ‘what is the immune response to the disease?’.

Before my fellowship, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam as a part of the INSIST project, with the goal of conducting in silico clinical trials for acute ischemic stroke. In my PhD (at the University of Melbourne) I developed a multiscale model of epidermal (skin) tissue to understand how the tissue regulates its height. I have found that the challenge, and the appeal, of computational biology is building a mathematical system that is able to sufficiently, and demonstrably, represent highly complex biological systems with a limited knowledge of the parameters.

Prior to my PhD I worked on the development of fire progression models at CSIRO in Melbourne, Australia. There is an obvious need for these types of models in Australia as bushfires are so common and can be so devastating. The interesting feature of this project was the need for creative ways to solve problems where the balance between computational speed and model accuracy is critical to the value of the model.

My experience in research has motivated me to pursue work in multidisciplinary teams/projects, and has shown the great benefits of connections between academia and industry. I believe it is through such teams and connections that we are able to have a targeted impact on society. I am also passionate about problems in womens health, and this is an area I am excited to pursue in my current research.

For further information, I have details on each research project below, refer to my CV, or feel free to contact me.

My Research


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