Anita Layton


PhD, University of Toronto


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Office: MC 6516

Anita Layton is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine, and Professor of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Pharmacy and Biology at the University of Waterloo. She leads a diverse and interdisciplinary team of researchers who use computational modeling tools to better understand aspects of health and disease. Mathematics is their microscope! The Layton group collaborate with physiologists, biomedical engineers, and clinicians to formulate detailed models of cellular and organ function. Model simulations and predictions are used to answer questions such as: How should anti-hypertensive drugs be prescribed differently for men and women? Is it better to take one's medication in the morning or at night (or does it matter), given the interactions between the drug and our body's circadian rhythms?

Professor Layton is a Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics (2022), winner of the Krieger-Nelson Prize (2021), and winner of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award (2021). She is an Associate Editor of SIAM Review Book Section, an Associate Editor of SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, a Section Editor (AI/Machine Learning) of Hypertension, and an Associate Editor of Maple Transactions. Additionally, she serves as the Associate Dean, Research and International, for the Faculty of Mathematics, and chairs the Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at the University of Waterloo.

Research interests

  • Integrative kidney physiology

  • Biofluid dynamics

  • Diabetes

  • Hypertension

Selected publications