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Engineering and the Environment

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.

Education:

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

Employment:

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.

3D image of live wheat root hairs
3D image of live wheat root hairs

Research

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Research interests

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.

Current funded projects:

  • BBSRC Defra LINK BB/I024283/1 “Improving the sustainability of phosphorus use in arable farming”, PDRA Dr. Sevil Payvandi, Complexity DTC PhD student James Heppell
  • BBSRC BB/J000868/1 “Truly Predicting Root Water Uptake: Case Study with Wheat”, PDRA Dr. Keith Daly
  • BBSRC DFID Gates Foundation SCRIPT BB/J011460/1 “Rice germplasm for high grain Zn content and tolerance of Zn deficient soils”, PDRA to be recruited.
  • NERC NE/L000237/1 “Long-lived Radionuclides in the Surface Environment (LO-RISE) - Mechanistic Studies of Speciation, Environmental Transport and Transfer”, PDRA to be recruited

PhD supervision

  • Sam Keyes
  • Gwen Palmer
  • Berit Plumhoff
  • James Heppell
  • Charles Heppell
  • Laura Cooper

Research group(s)

Bioengineering Science

Affiliate research group(s)

Computational Modelling Group, Institute for Complex Systems Simulation

Research project(s)

Optimising plant P use for arable farming

Modelling the Lymphatic System

X-ray Computed Tomography and image-based modelling of plant roots and nutrient uptake

Experimental and Theoretical Investigations of Lymphatic Fluid Flows and Immunology

Validation of a spatial-temporal soil water movement and plant water uptake model

Multiscale image based computational modelling of plant-soil interaction

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PhD Opportunities

Name of project    
Link
Mathematical Modelling of Blood and Lymphatic Vessel Development http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=34533
WebScience for Food Security http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=40482
Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Water Movement in Ridged Plant Systems http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=46691

PostDoc Opportunities

Name of project    
Link
Research Fellow in Environmental Chemistry/Modelling  http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHK961/research-fellow-in-environmental-chemistry-modelling/

Professor Tiina Roose
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

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