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Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University

Dr Thomas Woolley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at Cardiff University. In a previous life he studied mathematics at University of Oxford between 2004-2017. Through his education he ended up specializing in mathematical biology, where his doctorate focused on understanding the pattern formation behind fish spots and zebra stripes. Alongside this research he now investigates mathematical models of stem cell movement. The hope is that by understanding how stem cells move we can influence them and, thus, speed up the healing process.

When not doing mathematics he is a keen participant in mathematical outreach workshops and has given a variety of popular maths lectures around the world. He has previously worked for the BBC, illustrated Marcus du Sautoy’s book and worked on the popular maths show “Dara O’Briains school of hard sums”. Most recently he was the Fellow of Modern Mathematics at the London Science Museum and helped redesign their mathematics gallery.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University