Prof. Julia Gog, MA, PhD. (Cantab) David N. Moore Fellow & Director of Studies in Mathematics (away 2017-2018 academic year).
As Director of Studies, I am responsible for organising the teaching in mathematics, including supervisions and examples classes, and being academic advisor to our mathematics students. I also do some of this teaching, focussing on applied courses for both the first and third year students. Queens’ has a large and lively mathematics community, including undergraduates, graduates (masters and doctorate), postdocs, teaching and research staff. I love being part of this, and enjoy helping to join up these groups.
I would very much encourage potential applicants to explore beyond school maths by (i) finding interesting books/online courses/websites to taste new topics and (ii) trying out problem solving beyond that required for standard school exams by looking at STEP resources early (http://maths.org/step/).
My research uses mathematical techniques to address scientific questions in the field, particularly to understand infectious disease. My main interest is influenza, but at many different scales: from the dynamics and evolution of influenza at the global scale, spread at national scales right through to transmission and within-host dynamics at the individual scale. I am also interested in understanding infection and immunity at smaller scales and current projects include in vitro dynamics of salmonella, and methods to detect certain signals in viral genomes.
My faculty position is Reader in Mathematical Biology in DAMTP (Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics). I am head of a small research group and have a few PhD students. I currently lecture a third year course in the Mathematical Tripos. I am also involved with mathematics admissions across the University, and act as subject convenor for mathematics (coordination between Colleges, particularly the winter and summer pools). In 2015, I received the Pilkington Prize, in recognition of excellence in teaching at the University of Cambridge.