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Prof Rebecca Hoyle


Associate Vice-President Interdisciplinary Research
Professor of Mathematics

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Professor Hoyle applies mathematical modelling in the life and social sciences. Her research interests include the lifecourse determinants of the early onset of multiple long-term conditions, and the evolution of transgenerational effects.

She helped found the Virtual Forum for Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences (V-KEMS) in March 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown to facilitate mathematical sciences knowledge exchange in a virtual world, focusing on addressing Covid-19 challenges. In 2021 V-KEMS was named the PraxisAuril Knowledge Exchange Team of the Year and Prof Hoyle won the inaugural IMA Hedy Lamarr Prize for Knowledge Exchange in Mathematics and its Applications.

Landmark publications: 

J. Enright, E.M. Hill, H.B. Stage, K.J. Bolton, E.J. Nixon, E.L. Fairbanks, M.L. Tang, E. Brooks- Pollock, L. Dyson, C.J. Budd, R.B. Hoyle, L. Schewe, J.R. Gog and M.J. Tildesley (2021) SARS-CoV-2 infection in UK university students: lessons from September-December 2020 and modelling insights for future student return. Royal Society Open Science, 8(8), 210310, doi:10.1098/rsos.210310

D.R. Burnham, H.B. Kose, R.B. Hoyle and H. Yardimci (2019) The mechanism of DNA unwinding by the eukaryotic replicative helicase. Nature Communications, 10(1), 2159, doi:10.1038/s41467- 019-09896-2

M. Testori, R.B. Hoyle and H. Eisenbarth (2019) How group composition affects cooperation in fixed networks: can psychopathic traits influence group dynamics? Royal Society Open Science, 6(3), 181329, doi:10.1098/rsos.181329

J.M. Allen and R.B. Hoyle. (2017) Asynchronous updates can promote the evolution of cooperation on multiplex networks. Physica A, 471, 607-619, doi:10.1016/j.physa.2016.11.135

B. Kuijper and R.B. Hoyle (2015) When to rely on maternal effects and when on phenotypic plasticity? Evolution, 69(4), 950-968. doi:10.1111/evo.12635.

T.H.G. Ezard, R. Prizak and R.B. Hoyle (2014) The fitness costs of adaptation via phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects. Funct. Ecol. 28: 693-701. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12207.

R.B. Hoyle and T.H.G. Ezard (2012) The benefits of maternal effects in novel and in stable environments. J. R. Soc. Interface 9: 2403-2413. doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0183.

Major grants: 

Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants and Prevention of Early-onset Burdensome Multimorbidity (MELD-B), NIHR, Jun 2022 – Feb 2025.

Developing a Multidisciplinary Ecosystem to study Lifecourse Determinants of Complex Mid-life Multimorbidity using Artificial Intelligence (MELD), NIHR, Jan – Aug 2021.

Evolution and resilience of industrial ecosystems, EPSRC, Jun 2010 - May 2016.

Transgenerational effects and evolution, EPSRC, Sep 2010 - Mar 2014.

Models and Mathematics in Life and Social Sciences, EPSRC, Oct 2010 - Jan 2014.

Impact example: 

Prof Hoyle is a founder of V-KEMS, which has facilitated work on a large number of practical problems from the impact of COVID-19 on cardiovascular waiting lists to the public perception of science, often through its flagship virtual study groups.

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