Enrico Gavagnin

Research Associate

University of Bristol

About me

Life Sciences Building
Office: 1.13

I am a mathematical biologist and, currently, a Research Associate at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol working with Dr Nathalie Stroeymeyt on ants and social immunity. I completed my PhD in Mathematics at the University of Bath supervised by Dr Kit Yates and Prof Tim Rogers on collective cell behaviour.


I am fascinated by all sort of biological phenomena in which an organised structure emerges from a collection of simple individuals. The main focus of my research is in understanding how complex living systems appear, how they evolve and whether is possible to find some universal principles which determine their organisation.
I am particularly interested in multicellular development, collective motion and ant colonies which I consider the most incredible living system.

  • 2020 - present

    Research Associate in Biological Sciences

    University of Bristol

    Member of the Ant Epidemiology Lab

  • 2016 - 2020

    PhD student in Mathematical Biology

    University of Bath

    Thesis: “Stochastic multiscale models of cell behaviour"
    Advisors: Dr Christian A. Yates and Prof. Tim Rogers

  • 2014 - 2016

    MSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics

    Università degli Studi di Padova

    Thesis: “A condensation phenomenon in a fitness model with mutation and reinforcement”
    Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Dai Pra

  • 2011-2014

    BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics

    Università degli Studi di Padova

    Thesis: “A dissipative non-homogeneous Curie-Weiss model”
    Supervisor: Prof. Paolo Dai Pra


5. "Synchronised oscillations in growing cell populations are explained by demographic noise"
E. Gavagnin, S.T. Vittadello, G. Guanasingh, N.K. Haass, M.J. Simpson, T. Rogers, C.A. Yates. bioRxiv (2020) Link

4. "The invasion speed of cell migration models with realistic cell cycle time distributions"
E. Gavagnin, M.J. Ford, R.L. Mort, T. Rogers, C.A. Yates. J. Theor. Biol. 481, pp.91-99 (2019) Link

3. "Stochastic and deterministic modeling of cell migration"
E. Gavagnin, C.A. Yates. Elsevier - Handbook of Statistics, vol. 39, 37-91 (2018) Link

2. "Pair correlation functions for identifying spatial correlation in discrete domains"
E. Gavagnin, J.P.Owen, C.A. Yates. Phys. Rev. E 97, 062104 (2018) Link

1. "Modeling persistence of motion in a crowded environment: The diffusive limit of excluding velocity-jump processes"
E. Gavagnin, C.A. Yates. Phys. Rev. E 97, 032416 (2018) Link