Dr Dawn Walker

Department of Computer Science

Senior Lecturer

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Member of the Complex Systems Modelling research group

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Dr Dawn Walker
Department of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Dr Dawn Walker is a senior lecturer in the Computational Biology Group in the Department of Computer Science. Her primary research interest is the use of individual-based models to understand the function and structure of biological tissues.

She is also interested in multi-scale and multi-paradigm models in biology and medicine, and the use of bioelectric properties of epithelial tissues in early cancer diagnosis.

Research interests
  • Agent (individual) based Modelling in predicting emergent properties of biological tissues
  • Multiscale Modelling in biological and biomedical applications
  • Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) for the diagnosis of early cancerous changes in epithelial tissues

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Zhang Z, Bedder M, Smith SL, Walker D, Shabir S & Southgate J (2015) Automated Motion Analysis of Adherent Cells in Monolayer Culture (pp 185-194) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tartarini D, Duan K, Gruel N, Testi D, Walker D & Viceconti M (2014) The VPH Hypermodelling framework for cancer multiscale models in the clinical practice. Proceedings of the 2014 6th International Advanced Research Workshop on In Silico Oncology and Cancer Investigation - The CHIC Project Workshop (IARWISOCI), 3 November 2014 - 4 November 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Appleby PA, Shabir S, Southgate J, Walker D & IOP (2013) A theoretical model of cytosolic calcium elevation following wounding in urothelial cell monolayers. IC-MSQUARE 2012: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MATHEMATICAL MODELLING IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES, Vol. 410 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Burkitt M, Walker D, Romano DM & Fazeli A (2011) Modelling sperm behaviour in a 3D environment. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology, CMSB'11 (pp 141-149) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Burkitt M, Romano DM, Walker DC & Fazeli A (2010) 3D Modelling of Complex Biological Structures: The Oviduct.. TPCG (pp 255-262) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Burkitt M, Romano DM, Walker D & Fazeli A (2010) Using computational systems biology to investigate sperm navigation and transport in the female reproductive tract. Systems Biology in Maternal Communication with Gametes and Embryo. Opatija, Croatia, 9 May 2010 - 13 May 2010. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Burkitt M, Walker D, Romano DM & Fazeli A (2010) Using the GPU and multi-core CPU to generate a 3D oviduct through feature extraction from histology slides. Proceedings of the 9th Int. Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Methods in Verification, PDMC 2010 - Joint with the 2nd Int. Workshop on High Performance Computational Systems Biology, HiBi 2010 (pp 78-87) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fazeli A, Burkitt M, Walker D & Romano DM (2009) The Virtual Oviduct: An Essential Tool for the Application of Computational Biology Approaches to Investigation of Maternal Interaction with Gametes and Embryo. BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION (pp 115-115) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Caiazzo A, Evans D, Falcone JL, Hegewald J, Lorenz E, Stahl B, Wang D, Bernsdorf J, Chopard B, Gunn J , Hose R et al (2009) Towards a complex automata multiscale model of in-stent restenosis. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Vol. 5544 LNCS(PART 1) (pp 705-714) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Evans DJW, Caiazzo A, Falcone JL, Hegewald J, Lorenz E, Stahl B, Wang D, Bernsdorf J, Chopard B, Gunn J , Walker D et al (2009) COAST: Modelling Restenosis and Stent Based Therapies. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCEMENTS OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 26 (pp 319-322) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Milnes P, Southgate J, Walker DC & Jin ZM (2007) Finite element modelling of a cell stressing device. TISSUE ENGINEERING, Vol. 13(7) (pp 1697-1698) RIS download Bibtex download

Current grants

Previous grants

  • CHIC: Computational Horizons in Cancer, EC FP7, 04/2013 to 03/2017, £777,005, as Co-PI
  • A combined in vitro and in virtuo multi-scale approach to understanding individual and integrated cell behaviour during homeostasis and wound repair, The Wellcome Trust, 09/2010 to 09/2013, £140,547, as PI
  • MeDDiCA: Medical Devices Design in Cardiovascular Applications, University College London, 09/2009 to 08/2013, £340,386, as Co-PI
  • The Virtual Tendon - a multi-scale computational model of dnamical tissue remodelling, Arthritis Research Campaign, 09/2009 to 08/2012, £155,321, as PI
  • Engineering Virus-like Nanoparticles for Targeting the Central Nervous System, EPSRC, 05/2009 to 08/2012, £2,109,411, as Co-PI
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