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Professor Kevin Burrage

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Applied and Computational Mathematics


Professor Kevin Burrage
Professor of Computational Maths
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Mathematical Sciences,
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Discipline *
Applied Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics, Statistics
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Auckland)

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Professor Burrage completed his PhD in Computational Mathematics from the University of Auckland in 1978. In his early academic years he was at the University of Auckland (NZ), the University of Sussex (UK), the University of Liverpool (UK). In 1991 he was appointed to the Chair of Computational Mathematics the University of Queensland.  He established the Advanced Computational Modelling Centre at the University of Queensland in 1995 and was Director of that  centre for 12 years.  He was also the founding CEO of the Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Facility in 1999.

He was awarded a Federation Fellowship of the Australian Research Council from 2003-2008. In 2008 he was made Professor of Computational Systems Biology in the Computational Biology group  within both the Department of Computer Science and  the Centre for Integrative Systems Biology  at the University of Oxford. He had this position until October 2015. He shared his time between Oxford and as as Professor of Computational Mathematics at QUT, from  2010 until 2015 and  continues in this role at QUT.

He was made a Visiting Professor to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford from 2016 to 2019. His current research interests are in Computational Mathematics and Computational Biology.

He has over 250 Journal publications, with over 10,000 citations and an H index of 55.

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Burrage has made very significant contributions in Computational Mathematics and Computational Systems Biology. Professor Burrage has co-authored over 250 research papers and has written one book on Parallel and Sequential methods for Ordinary Differential Equations (OUP 1995). In the last ten years he has made very significant contributions in the field of Computational and Systems Biology (with a focus on the role of noise in Biological systems in his Federation Fellowship).

In this setting Professor Burrage has addressed challenging problems in genetic regulation and cellular kinetics through sophisticated stochastic multi-scaled modelling and simulation incorporating intrinsic and extrinsic noise. His Computational Biology research has appeared in journals with high impact factors, such as Nature Genetics (24.695), PNAS (10.452), Molecular and Cellular Biology (7.822), PLOS Computational Biology (6), BMC Bioinformatics (5.423), Bioinformatics (6.019), Biophysical Journal (4.585), Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology (4.551), Proteins (4.429) and the Journal of Chemical Physics (3.105).

Professor Burrage  was  in both the ARC Centre in Bioinformatics and the ARC Centre for Complex Systems. He is now a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence ACEMS. From 2003-2008 he was a Federation Fellow of the ARC. In 2004-2005 he was the Oliver Smithies Fellow to Balliol College, Oxford – a prestigious appointment which has included Nobel Prize winners as past fellows. Professor Burrage was founding CEO of the Queensland Parallel Supercomputing (QPSF) from 2000-2001 and took leading roles within APAC (The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing). QPSF was the conduit between State Government and the Queensland Universities in the area of advanced computing. As CEO, Professor Burrage was responsible for a team of over 20 researchers and educationalists in advanced computing and industry applications.

He was awarded (in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries) the Federal Government Gold Technology Productivity Award for high performance computing software environment for drought modelling in 1994.

He has been an invited/plenary speaker at over 30 conferences in Computational Science and Computational Biology in the last 18 years. He has attracted over $30Million dollars in competitive research funds within Australia since 1994. He has been on the editorial board of 8 journals including SIAM Scientific Computing.

Professor Burrage has extensive academic experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level from the University of Oxford, U.K, the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has supervised/supervising 43 PhD students in the last sixteeen years. He has also given extensive lecture series to graduate students in Sweden, Italy, South Africa (The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) and New Zealand.

In 2013 he was made an Honorary Fellowship of the European Society of Computational Methods in Sciences, Engineering and Technology, for outstanding contributions in Computational Mathematics.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kevin Burrage.


Professor Burrage’s main research interests are in the fields of Computational Mathematics, Computational Biology and Systems Biology. He made his first contribution to the field of the numerical solution of differential equations in 1978 and has over 250 peer reviewed journal publications.

He became interested in the modelling of heterogeneity in biological applications ten years ago and has written a number of papers on this. In particular, since being at Oxford he has worked with clinicians and physiologists in heart modelling to explore the effects of human heart disease through mathematical models.

He has written a number of papers recently on parameter fitting and in particular regard to fractional models. These models are at the heart of this research. He has also worked with industry in a number of settings, mainly with respect to the mathematical modelling of natural resources.

He has lectured many different courses in mathematical modelling around the world, including in Auckland, Brisbane, Oxford, Cambridge, Sweden, South Africa, Italy to name a few.

This information has been contributed by Professor Kevin Burrage.


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