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Dr Robyn Araujo
ARC Future Fellow
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science,
School of Mathematical Sciences
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Mathematical Sciences - IPTM
Discipline *
Applied Mathematics, Numerical and Computational Mathematics
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PhD (Applied Mathematics) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Active Member, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Member, Women in Cancer Research (WICR)
  • Member, Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB)
  • Member, American Mathematical Society (AMS)
  • Member, Mathematical Association of America (MAA)

Key Words:  Cell Signalling;  Biochemical Networks;  Signal Transduction;  Cancer;  Biological Robustness and Adaptation;  Mathematical Biology;  Dynamical Systems;  Mathematical Analysis;  Groups and Symmetries.

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


Dr Araujo’s overarching career goal is to demonstrate the transformative power of mathematics in developing real insight and innovative solutions to fundamental problems in the Life Sciences.  She has a special interest in cancer research, particularly cancer signal transduction and anti-cancer therapeutic strategies. Collectively, she has had over sixteen years of research experience within the field of theoretical biology, which has allowed her to develop both analytical and computational approaches to the elucidation of important problems in cell biology and medicine.

Dr Araujo’s recent mathematical work on cellular protein networks has changed our scientific understanding of the structure and function of cellular communication via molecular networks.  Until recently, the sheer size and interconnectedness of these molecular networks has prevented us from being able to understand and predict likely network responses to pharmacological inhibition.  This novel line of research is now pointing to the fundamental mathematical principles that govern how biological systems function at the molecular level, and is creating a new level of insight as to how new treatment strategies may be devised on an individualised/personalised basis.

This information has been contributed by Dr Robyn Araujo.


Teaching Interests:

Linear Algebra, Introductory Abstract Algebra (with a special interest in group theory);

Real Analysis, Introductory (General) Topology, Calculus and Differential Equations (including applications of Lie Groups to the study of differential equations);

Mathematical Biology;

Recent Teaching Allocations (including Unit Coordination):

MXB105:  Calculus of One and  Two Variables;

MXB322:  Partial Differential Equations;

MZB125:  Foundations of Engineering Mathematics;

This information has been contributed by Dr Robyn Araujo.


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