Sarafa A. Iyaniwura

Figure: Mean First Passage time for a Brownian particle on a reflecting disk with a rotating absorbing trap.


I am a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics group of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA, working with Alan S Perelson , Ruy M. Ribeiro and Ruian Ke . I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics and the Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM) of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, working with with Michael Ward , Colin Macdonald and Daniel Coombs. My research focuses on mathematical modelling of biological systems. More details on my research can be found on my research page . Prior to my coming to UBC, I was at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa, where I did M.Sc. in mathematical sciences.


Math 152: Linear systems
  • Section 208, Spring 2017
  • Lectures 8:00 - 9:30 am Tuesdays and Thursdays in MATX 1100
  • Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 and Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 in LSK 300
  • Course common webpage
  • Lecture notes

Math 215/255: Elementary Differential Equations I
Topics: First-order equations, linear equations, linear systems, Laplace transforms, numerical methods, trajectory analysis of plane nonlinear systems. Applications of these topics will be emphasized.
  • Section 104, Fall 2017
  • Lectures: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Venue: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 261
  • Office hours: LSK 300, Mondays 11am - 12noon and Wednesdays 11am - 12noon
  • Course common webpage
  • Lecture notes

Math 110: Differential Calculus I
Corpus Christi College, Vancouver
  • Section 2, Fall 2018
  • Lectures: 1:30 - 2:50 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Venue: Vancouver school of Theology, Room 301
  • Office hours: Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm and Thursday, 3 - 4pm


Mathematical modelling of biological systems, matched asymptotic analysis, nonlinear dynamical system, and bifurcation theory. Click here for more information on the projects I have worked on.


Some conferences, workshops, and other events I co-organized or participated in:
  1. Mathematical modelling for model-informed drug development and virtual clinical trial (MMAVCT 2023)
  2. Career & Innovation Hub
    Date: May 1-2, 2023
    Venue: Virtual

  3. UBC Math-Bio Fall 2021 Welcome back event
  4. Date: Wednesdays, 15 September 2021 at 2:00 - 3:00 PM
    Venue: Virtual

  5. Panel member: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Mathematics: An open discussion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Mathematics
  6. CAIMS/SCMAI Annual Meeting 2021
    Date: June 23, 2021
    Venue: Virtual

  7. Chair for contributed talks 4 session for CDEV-CT04 : CDEV (Cell and Developmental Biology) Subgroup
  8. Society for Mathematical Biology conference, SMB2021
    Date: June 15, 2021
    Venue: Virtual

  9. Frontiers in Biophysic Conference 2021
  10. Date: June 28 - 29, 2021
    Venue: Virtual

  11. UBC weekly Math-Bio Seminar: April 2021 to October 2021
  12. Date: Wednesdays at 2:05 PM - 3:05 PM
    Venue: Virtual

  13. Frontiers in Biophysic Conference 2020 (Postponed to next year)
  14. Venue: TBA.

  15. Fourteenth Annual Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM), UBC Retreat 2018
  16. Venue: Minnekhada Lodge.

  17. Thirteenth Annual Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM), UBC Retreat 2017
  18. Venue: Mount Seymour.

  19. Twelfth Annual Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM), UBC Retreat 2016
  20. Venue: Corrigan nature house, 2645 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver, BC V7H 1B1.

Updated: December, 2022.