Professor James Sneyd


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Professor in Applied Maths

Research | Current

  • Mathematical physiology
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems

Postgraduate supervision

Projects on offer

  • Asthma and the Lung. How do lungs work, and what causes asthma? (Thesis Project)
  • Saliva secretion. How is saliva secreted? That's a good question, and I'm glad you asked. (Thesis Project)
  • Calcium dynamics. Why does intracellular calcium oscillate? How? What are the mechanisms? Should we even care? (Thesis Project)
  • GnRH neurons. What controls electrical bursting in GnRH neurons? What role does calcium play? How is this related to hormone secretion? (Thesis Project)
  • Interstitial cells of Cajal. These control the contraction of gastrointestinal smooth muscle, but what does calcium do in these cells? (Thesis Project)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Boie, S., Chen, J., Sanderson, M. J., & Sneyd, J. (2017). Role of STIM2 in cell function and physiopathology. JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-LONDON, 595 (10), 3129-3141.
  • Cao, P., Falcke, M., & Sneyd, J. (2017). Mapping Interpuff Interval Distribution to the Properties of Inositol Trisphosphate Receptors. Biophysical journal, 112 (10), 2138-2146. 10.1016/j.bpj.2017.03.019
  • Bratby, P., Sneyd, J., & Montgomery, J. (2017). Sequential Pattern Formation in the Cerebellar Granular Layer. Cerebellum (London, England), 16 (2), 438-449. 10.1007/s12311-016-0820-y
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery
  • Sneyd, J., Means, S., Zhu, D., Rugis, J., Won, J. H., & Yule, D. I. (2017). Modeling calcium waves in an anatomically accurate three-dimensional parotid acinar cell. Journal of theoretical biology, 419, 383-393. 10.1016/j.jtbi.2016.04.030
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Rugis, Shawn Means
  • Han, J. M., Tanimura, A., Kirk, V., & Sneyd, J. (2017). A mathematical model of calcium dynamics in HSY cells. PLoS computational biology, 13 (2)10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005275
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vivien Kirk
  • Sneyd, J., Han, J. M., Wang, L., Chen, J., Yang, X., Tanimura, A., ... Yule, D. I. (2017). On the dynamical structure of calcium oscillations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (7), 1456-1461. 10.1073/pnas.1614613114
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vivien Kirk
  • Fong, S., Chiorini, J. A., Sneyd, J., & Suresh, V. (2017). Computational modeling of epithelial fluid and ion transport in the parotid duct after transfection of human aquaporin-1. American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, 312 (2), G153-G163. 10.1152/ajpgi.00374.2016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shelley Fong, Vinod Suresh
  • Bratby, P., Sneyd, J., & Montgomery, J. (2017). Computational Architecture of the Granular Layer of Cerebellum-Like Structures. Cerebellum (London, England), 16 (1), 15-25. 10.1007/s12311-016-0759-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Montgomery


Contact details

Office hours

  • Monday: 8am-5pm
  • Tuesday, Friday: 8.30am-6pm
  • Wednesday: 6.30-10am and 2-10pm
  • Thursday: 6.30am-7pm

Primary location

Level 2, Room 229C
New Zealand

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