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 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 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

MMath candidate 

Project: Modeling metabolic pathways in aging


Stephanie Abo

Stephanie Abo

PhD candidate 

Project: Dynamical systems, circadian clock and immune system




William BellWilliam Bell

MMath candidate 

Project: Modeling mitochrondrial bioenergetics



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



Undergraduate research assistants

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