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Multiscale glioblastoma modelling: from development to treatment

School of Science and Engineering

About the Project

The mathematical modelling of glioblastoma has a long history, with the majority of current models being focused on single-scale dynamics. This project with address the multi-scale nature (i.e, tissue-scale and cell-scale) of glioblastoma invasion, and will also explore the particular heterogeneous structure of the brain tissue.

The PhD student on this project will benefit from joint supervision from Mathematics, Neurosurgery and Clinical Imaging research staff at the University of Dundee and Ninewells Hospital (Dundee), as the project will combine mathematical modelling and analysis with imaging data from clinical studies, to make predictions important for neurosurgery decisions.

This project requires not only a basic level in ordinary differential and partial differential equations, but also a robust computational mathematics/scientific computing background (and preferably experience with actual hands-on programming in Matlab/C/C++/Python).

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr. Dumitru Trucu ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr. Dumitru Trucu () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Trucu, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Mathematics: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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