Joining Tanaka group

We are looking for motivated researchers (PhD students and post-docs) to join in our group. Please email your CV to Dr Reiko Tanaka to ask for details.

Prospective PhD students are strongly encouraged to apply for Imperial College PhD studentship. There are also other competitive studentships. Please send your CV and research statement to Dr Reiko Tanaka.

Information on Postdoctoral fellowship is found here. We also welcome academic visitors. We have the following position available. For further information, please contact Dr Tanaka via email.

3-year PhD studentship: "Computational design of treatment strategies for atopic dermatitis".

We invite applications for a competitive PhD studentship to develop a mathematical/computational method to design and optimise a clinically accepted therapy for atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that affects 15-30% of children and 2-10% of adults worldwide.1 It is critical to effectively control AD symptoms, and prevent the progression of the atopic march, in order to reduce the worldwide socioeconomic cost of atopic disease. However, only 24% of patients and caregivers currently feel they can adequately manage AD symptoms, due to the lack of clear guidance and consensus about the best and safest use of the currently available treatment options. In this project, we will apply model predictive control using our previously developed mathematical model of AD pathogenesis.

Applicants should have a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant area (computational biology, applied mathematics, control theory, or closely aligned disciplines), experiences in modelling and analysis of biological systems using differential equations and numerical methods, and strong interests in systems medicine. We look for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects.

A stipend and home UK/EU fees for 3 years will be awarded. The studentship is available only to UK and EU nationals. Interested applicants should first send a current CV (with the names of 2 referees) and personal statement to Dr Reiko Tanaka ( by e-mail. Suitable candidates will be then asked to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Submission due: 15 December 2017

Computational tools for a clinical decision support system

Applications are invited for a post of PDRA in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College working under the supervision of Dr Reiko Tanaka.

This post will provide an exciting opportunity to work on a project which aims to develop computational tools for a clinical decision support system that integrates and analyses clinical data to design personalised treatment strategies for atopic dermatitis, a common chronic skin disease. Our approach include application of machine learning methods to develop data-driven models, as well as control theoretical methods (model predictive control) to design optimal treatment regimens for individual patients. The project will include collaboration with experimentalists and clinicians.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area (Computational Biology, Applied Mathematics, or closely aligned disciplines) to undertake this project, experience in modelling and analysis of biological systems, expertise in modelling with differential equations and numerical methods. Applicants should also be familiar with skin biology. We look for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and enthusiasm for exposure to a diversity of scientific projects.

This post will be based at the South Kensington Campus.