Dr Sandro Azaele
- Position: Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
- Areas of expertise: statistical mechanics; stochastic processes; complex systems; theoretical ecology; maximum entropy; mathematical biology; nonlinear dynamics
- Email: S.Azaele@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 8622
- Location: 8.14
- Website: Personal home page | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID
My background is in theoretical physics. I earned my PhD in physics at the University of Padova (Italy) and then I moved to Princeton University (USA) as a research associate, before coming to the University of Leeds (UK).
My research focuses on the mathematical modelling of biological systems, whether they be ecological communities or populations of cells. I have a deep interest in providing a quantitative explanation of general properties and patterns emerging from very different conditions and seemingly unrelated systems. To address such problems, I usually borrow ideas and techniques from statistical mechanics and stochastic processes.
Living systems are far from equilibrium: they diffuse across the real space, looking for resources to survive, and diffuse across the genomic space as well, looking for new solutions to ever-changing problems entailed by the struggle for life. This twofold and coupled diffusion process spawns an extraordinary variety of collective behaviors, brings about irreversible phenomena, develops self-organization and generates universal patterns. Distilling such a biological complexity to the primary driving mechanisms represents a formidable challenge and orients my research. I study such problems with a combination of tools borrowed from statistical mechanics, stochastic processes and non-linear dynamics.
- PhD (Padova)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- London Mathematical Society
Research groups and institutes
- Applied Mathematics