Anita Layton

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Research interests: integrative kidney physiology, biofluid dynamics, diabetes, hypertension


Professor Anita Layton is the Canada 150 Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine, and the Professor of Mathematics, Computer Science, Pharmacy, and Biology. She is the Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Physiology--Renal Physiology, Associate Editor of SIAM Review Book Section, and Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems. She also chairs the Research Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at the University of Waterloo.


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Toronto, 2001
  • BS, Computer Science, Duke University, 1994
  • BA, Physics, Duke University, 1994

Anita Layton


Professor Layton leads a diverse and interdisciplinary team of researchers who use computational modeling tools to better understand aspects of renal physiology and pathophysiology. Mathematics is their microscope. Her team collaborate with physiologists, biomedical engineers, and clinicians to formulate detailed models of renal hemodynamics, transport, and metabolism. Model simulations and predictions are used to answer questions such as: How should anti-hypertensive drugs be prescribed differently for men and women? A novel therapeutic treatment for lowering blood glucose level in diabetes targets the kidney. What are the potential side effects of this drug?


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