Dr Sandro Azaele

Dr Sandro Azaele


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). 

Research interests

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

Professional memberships

  • London Mathematical Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Mathematics
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