Dr Gabriela Gomes

Reader in Biomathematics

Gabriela Gomes graduated in Applied Mathematics from the University of Porto in 1987, and completed her MSc and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

In 1999, she was awarded a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship in Mathematical Biology. In 2002, established her independent group at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, in Portugal, initially supported by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant, with a spectrum of projects ranging from fundamental mathematical concepts to management of population and ecosystem health, public engagement in science and development of research infrastructures. Since 2015, she has a joint appointment between the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

She held visiting positions at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University., and at the Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sao Paulo.


Development of general formalisms to account for cohort selection in population studies.

Assessment of Wolbachia effects in insect populations.

Assessment of vaccines in vertebrate populations.

Past PhD Students:
Martyn Parker, Forced symmetry-breaking of Euclidean-equivariant partial differential equations, pattern formation and Turing instabilities. University of Warwick, 2003 (in joint supervision with Ian Stewart).

Paula Patricio Rodrigues, Modeling tuberculosis: A compromise between biological realism and mathematical tractability. Universidade de Lisboa, 2009 (in joint supervision with Carlota Rebelo).

Ricardo Aguas, The versatility of mathematical models: From biological mechanisms to epidemiological scenarios. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2010.

Stefan Wieland, Dynamics and steady-state properties of adaptive networks. Universidade de Lisboa (in joint supervision with Ana Nunes).

Sander van Noort, Participatory surveillance and mathematical models in epidemiologic research: Successes and challenges. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2014.

Caetano Souto-Maior, Model-based inferences in host-pathogen-symbiont interactions: implications for the design of experimental and observational studies. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2017.


Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Mathematical Biology and Journal of Theoretical Biology


Selected publications

  • Selected publications:
    Gjini E, Valente C, Sá-Leão R, Gomes MGM (2016) How direct competition shapes coexistence and vaccine effects in multi-strain pathogens. J Theor Biol 388: 50-60.

    van Noort SP, Codeço CT, Koppeschaar CE, van Ranst M, Paolotti D, Gomes MGM (2015) Ten-year performance of
    Influenzanet: ILI time series, risks, vaccine effects, and care seeking behaviour. Epidemics 13: 28-36.

    Souto-Maior C, Lopes JS, Gjini E, Struchiner CJ, Teixeira L, Gomes MGM (2015) Heterogeneity in symbiotic effects facilitates Wolbachia establishment in insect populations. Theor Ecol 8: 53-65.

    Pessoa D, Souto-Maior C, Gjini E, Lopes JS, Ceña B, Codeço CT, Gomes MGM (2014) Unveiling time in dose-response models to infer host susceptibility to pathogens. PLOS Comput Biol 10(8): e1003773.

    Gomes MGM, Lipsitch M, Wargo AR, Kurath G, Rebelo C, Medley GF, Coutinho A (2014) A missing dimension in measures of vaccination impacts. PLOS Pathog 10(3): e1003849.

    Parisi A, Lopes JS, Nunes A, Gomes MGM (2013) Heterogeneity in antibody range and the antigenic drift of influenza viruses. Ecol Complex 14: 157-165.

    Gomes MGM, Aguas R, Lopes JS, Nunes MC, Rebelo C, Rodrigues P, Struchiner CJ (2012) How host selection governs tuberculosis reinfection. Proc Biol Sci 279: 2473-2478.

    van Noort SP, Nunes MC, Weedall GD, Hviid L, Gomes MGM (2010) Immune selection and within-host competition can structure the repertoire of variant surface antigens in Plasmodium falciparum - A mathematical model. PLOS One 5(3): e9778.

    Aguas R, White LJ, Snow RW, Gomes MGM (2008) Prospects for malaria eradication in sub-Saharan Africa. PLOS One 3(3): e1767.

    Gomes MGM, White LJ, Medley GF (2004) Infection, reinfection, and vaccination under suboptimal immune protection: Epidemiological perspectives. J Theor Biol 228: 539-549.