Adrianne Jenner

PhD candidate (Mathematics and Statistics)

Adrianne is studying how mathematical modelling can be used to understand and improve three innovative cancer treatments: cancer killing viruses, cancer targeting immune cells and nanoparticle delivery of anticancer drugs.

Using mathematical modelling, my research investigates how different treatment regimens and heterogeneity within tumours can affect the outcome of treatment.

I look at how we can recreate realistic simulations of the interaction between tumour cells and cancer therapies by fitting mathematical models to experimental data. My hope is to improve the three innovative cancer treatments mentioned above, so that one day we may have a better way of treating cancer.

Using my PhD research, I hope to help the community by discovering ways in which current experimental cancer treatments can be improved.

So far my PhD has focused on using mathematics to improve the use of cancer killing viruses, cancer targeting immune cells and nanoparticle delivery of anticancer drugs. I hope that my research will highlight how useful mathematical modelling can be, and that we can obtain invaluable insight into biology and medicine through the use of mathematics.

When I finished my undergraduate degree I knew I wanted to investigate how mathematical modelling could be used to improve the world of medicine. After some googling, and talking to my colleuges, I came across a supervisor here at the University of Sydney who worked in modelling cancer therapies - Associate Professor Peter Kim.

After meeting with Peter Kim and hearing about all the interesting research he was doing using mathematics to model cancer therapies, I knew I had to learn more and couldn’t wait to start my PhD at the University of Sydney.