Professor Angela McLean

Chief Scientific Officer at Ministry of Defence (MoD)


Professor of Mathematical Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Professor Angela McLean is Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford. She is also the Director of the Institute of Emerging Infections, a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, mathematicians and clinicians working to understand the underlying processes that drive the emergence and spread of novel human infectious diseases.

Professor McLean's research interests lie in the use of mathematical models to aid our understanding of the evolution and spread of infectious agents. This encompasses modelling of the dynamics of infections and immune responses within individual hosts as well as models of the spread of infections from one host to another. Her groups current research interests focus on: HIV, HCV and Influenza.

She studied mathematics at Oxford followed by a PhD in biomathematics at Imperial College, London. After a brief spell in the City she joined the Mathematical Biology Group at the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill, the returning to Oxford as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 1990. In 1998 she became Head of Mathematical Biology at the BBSRC’s Institute for Animal Health. Returning to Oxford in 2000, she was made Professor of Mathematical Biology in 2004. She was elected to the Royal Society in 2009, and was awarded the Royal Society's Gabor Medal in 2011.