Philip Murray

Dr Philip Murray

Lecturer of Mathematics

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  • Room: Fulton G11, Department of Mathematics, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN.


Philip Murray obtained his PhD in Mathematics from Oxford University in 2009. 

His  post-doctoral work was also in Oxford and examined mathematical models of biological oscillators. In 2012 he took up a permanent position at the University of Dundee.

He works on biologically-motivated modelling problems and is a mathematics lecturer.

Read more on his personal webpage.



He has active research projects across a range of biological application areas that include:

  • Developmental patterning
  • Hair follicle growth patterns
  • DNA repair mechanisms
  • HIV virus transcriptional dynamics
  • Single cell motion

A common theme across these disparate areas of biology is the use of mathematical models to interpret experimental observations and make quantitative, testable predictions about real biological systems. In order to achieve these aims he uses a range of mathematical tools and collaborates closely with experimental colleagues. Further details can be found in the listed publications.



  • P. J. Murray, P. K. Maini, and R. E. Baker. 
Modelling hair follicle growth dynamics as an excitable medium, PLoS Computational Biology, 8 (12) e1002804 2012.
  • P. J. Murray, P. K. Maini, and R. E. Baker. 
The clock and wavefront model revisited. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 283(1):227-38 2011.
  • P. J. Murray, C. M. Edwards, M. J. Tindall, and P. K. Maini. 
Classifying general nonlinear force laws in cell-based models via the continuum limit, Physical Review E 85 021921 2012. 
Selected for the March 1, 2012 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.

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