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I formulate, analyse and apply mathematical and computational models to describe biological processes. Particular applications of my work include understanding the basic mechanisms that allow cells to organise into tissues and organs, the key transitions that operate during pathological processes such as cancer growth and the cues that allow animals to navigate through complex environments


I have been in the Department of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University since 2000. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt, I undertook a degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Warwick (1991-1994) before moving to the University of Oxford (1994-1998) to study for a Doctor of Philosophy. Following the completion of my Doctorate, I spent two years as a Research Associate in the United States, divided between the Universities of Utah and Minnesota, before moving to Heriot-Watt University in early 2000.

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Research Output

  • 56 Article
  • 6 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 1 Literature review
  • 1 Review article

Modelling chase-and-run migration in heterogeneous populations

Colombi, A., Scianna, M., Painter, K. J. & Preziosi, L., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Mathematical Biology. 80, 1-2, p. 423-456 34 p.

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    Multiscale phenomena and patterns in biological systems: special issue in honour of Hans Othmer

    Hillen, T., Painter, K. J., Stolarska, M. A. & Xue, C., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Mathematical Biology. 80, 1-2, p. 275-281 7 p.

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  • A stochastic model of corneal epithelium maintenance and recovery following perturbation

    Moraki, E., Grima, R. & Painter, K. J., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Mathematical Biology. 78, 5, p. 1245-1276 32 p.

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    Efficiency of island homing by sea turtles under multimodal navigating strategies

    Painter, K. J. & Plochocka, A., 10 Jan 2019, In : Ecological Modelling. 391, p. 40-52 13 p.

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    Feather arrays are patterned by interacting signalling and cell density waves

    Ho, W. K. W., Freem, L., Zhao, D., Painter, K. J., Woolley, T. E., Gaffney, E. A., McGrew, M. J., Tzika, A., Milinkovitch, M. C., Schneider, P., Drusko, A., Matthäus, F., Glover, J. D., Wells, K. L., Johansson, J. A., Davey, M. G., Sang, H. M., Clinton, M. & Headon, D. J., 21 Feb 2019, In : PLoS Biology. 17, 2, e3000132.

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    Heriot-Watt University Teaching Excellence Award for Global Learning and Teaching

    Panagiota-Maria Adamopoulou (Recipient), Mariya Ptashnyk (Recipient), Desmond Alexander Johnston (Recipient), Christian Saemann (Recipient), Robert Andrew Weston (Recipient), Dominic Breit (Recipient), Kevin J. Painter (Recipient), Sebastien Loisel (Recipient), Andrew Alfred Lacey (Recipient), Neil MacIntyre (Recipient), Louie Robertson (Recipient) & Lee Duncan (Recipient), 23 Oct 2019

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