“There were several occasions when the research in the project was the last thing on my mind at night, and the first thing on it in the morning.”
Jack Miller spent this summer working on a project entitled “Mathematical modelling of neural stem cell migration in the brain”. Based on the now established fact that neurons are created in adult brains as well as in embryonic ones by a process called neurogenesis, Jack looked to mathematically model this process. Working with Dr Jo Ashbourn in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, Jack developed a system of partial differential equations to model neurogenesis, the solution of those equations using the method of lines, and a quantified investigation on the effect of different parameter values upon the solutions.
Talking about his time with Dr Ashbourn and co-collaborator Dr Lies Geris, Jack said: “I found that I had a great deal of creative freedom through which I could explore ideas that might prove relevant to the task at hand, and I really enjoyed the management of the project as a whole. My supervisors were both excellent, and deserve commendation. This project has increased my desire to take a PhD in this area, as well as prepared me well for it.”