Professor Tiina Roose Diploma Engineer, MSc (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)
Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling, Royal Society University Research Fellow
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Professor Tiina Roose is Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.
1993: Diploma in Systems Engineering, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia
1995: MSc in Mathematical modelling and numerical analysis, Oxford, UK
2001: DPhil in Applied Mathematics, Oxford,UK
2001-2003: Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School
2003-2004: Postdoc at Mathematical Institute, Oxford
2004-2013: Royal Society URF first in Oxford now in Southampton.
2013-present: Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling, Southampton
My business is to develop modelling technologies and methodologies to deal with branched biological systems such as blood and lymph vessels, plant roots in soil and lung system. In all projects I collaborate with the leading experimentalists in their field across the world to ensure speedy uptake of my models by the user communities.
(Right): The first ever 3D image of live wheat root hairs in soil, imaged using synchrotron x-ray computer tomography (Keyes et al (2013)). Most/all studies of root hair morphology are carried out using transparent gels because it is difficult to see within real soil. However, since root hairs are thought to be very important for phosphate uptake, it is crucial to be able to see how they are arranged within the soil pore spaces. This advance is already unlocking the potential of modelling approaches, allowing quantification of sites within the soil matrix from which root hairs extract phosphate.