Researcher

Ms Sara Loo

Fields of Research (FoR)

Evolutionary biology, Applied mathematics, Biological mathematics

Biography

I am a mathematical biologist, using mathematical tools and models to explore evolutionary dynamics, with broad applications. I obtained my Honours degree in Medical Mathematics (Advanced) from the University of Wollongong in 2014, achieving First Class Honours with my thesis on the mathematical modelling of cancer therapy. 

In 2019 I graduated from my doctoral studies at the University of Sydney. My thesis presented mathematical models of...view more

I am a mathematical biologist, using mathematical tools and models to explore evolutionary dynamics, with broad applications. I obtained my Honours degree in Medical Mathematics (Advanced) from the University of Wollongong in 2014, achieving First Class Honours with my thesis on the mathematical modelling of cancer therapy. 

In 2019 I graduated from my doctoral studies at the University of Sydney. My thesis presented mathematical models of human strategies, with a focus on reproductive strategies in hunter-gatherers. During my studies I was selected as a young scientist representing Australia at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, where I developed a model to study the cultural evolution of low fertility at high socio-economic status. 

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Tanaka Lab. 


My Research Activities

I am passionate about using mathematical models to gain insight into how biological entities evolve over time. 

I am currently developing models that explore the evolutionary dynamics of pathogens and how mutations that occur within-host during infection affect the epidemiology and evolution of pathogens. I am also developing models of cultural evolution, to consider how dynamics of imitation and social learning can modify environments to affect the emergence of new diseases. 

Alongside this work, I continue to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Sydney on models of human life-history evolution and the evolution of reproductive strategies. 


My Engagement

UNSW Women in Maths & Science Champion (Early Career Researcher) 2019 - 2020

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Location

Room 2062, Level 2, Biological Sciences Building South E26, UNSW

Publications

by Ms Sara Loo

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