Layton lab members


Anita LaytonPrincipal investigator

Anita Layton, PhD, University of Toronto

Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine
Associate Dean, Research and International, Mathematics
Professor of Applied Mathematics
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Pharmacy
Professor of Biology

Dr Layton joined the University of Waterloo in 2018. Before then, she held the position of the Robert R. and Katherine B. Penn Professor of Mathematics, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Duke University. She is the AI/Machine Learning Section Editor of Hypertension, Associate Editor of SIAM Review Book Section, Associate Editor of the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, and Associate Editor of Maple Transactions. She also 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.

Postdoctoral fellows

Sameed AhmedSameed Ahmed

PhD, University of South Carolina

Dr Ahmed obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina and joined the Layton lab in 2018. He develops sex-specific quantitative systems biology models for long-term blood pressure regulation to evaluate the effectiveness of antihypertensive drugs..


Rui HuRui Hu

PhD, North Carolina State University

Dr Hu obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the North Carolina State University and joined the Layton lab in 2018. He develops sex-specific computational models for epithelial transport along the rat nephron.



Graduate students


Mehrshad Sadria

PhD candidate 

Project: Modeling metabolic pathways in aging


Stephanie Abo

Stephanie Abo

PhD candidate 

Project: Dynamical systems, circadian clock and immune system




Anderson White

Anderson White

MMath candidate

Project: Sex-specific models of human physiology




Delaney SmithDelaney Smith

MMath candidate 

Project: Obesity and blood pressure regulation



Melissa Stadt

Melissa Stadt

MMath candidate 

Project: Kidney function in pregnancy


Matt Weins

Matt Wiens

MMath candidate 

Project: Human physiology simulations



Chris West

Chris West

MMath candidate 







Graduate alumni (Waterloo only)

Will Bell, MMath 2022

Anderson White, MMath 2022


Undergraduate research assistants

Karolina Suszek, 2022

Sophia Devinyak, 2022

Zorina Han, 2021

Harmohit Singh Bindra, 2021

Karolina Suszek, 2021

Deokhwa Seo, 2021

Hoseok Lee, 2021

Aida Zeheer, 2021

Kevin Shi, 2021

Sama Nanayakkara, 2021

Karla Maria Castro Bravo, 2021

Samuel Johnston, 2021

Indy Ng, 2021

Carolyn Wang, 2021

Stephanie Ryall, 2020

Ayo Lekuti, 2020

Julia Li (Nanjing University), 2018-2019

Amelia Kunze, 2019

Wentao Xie, 2019

Jing Yang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), 2019