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Mathias Foo


  • 70 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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I am currently a Lecturer in Control Engineering in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University, UK.

I obtained my PhD degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from The University of Melbourne Australia, Melbourne, Australia in 2012, under the supervision of Prof. Erik Weyer, where I worked modelling and control design of river systems. Prior joining Coventry University, I was a Research Fellow in Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB), School of Engineering, University of Warwick UK, in the research group of Prof. Declan Bates. from 2015-2018. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) in Pohang, South Korea from 2012-2015, in the research group of Dr. Pan-Jun Kim, where I worked on deciphering the core genetic architecture of plant circadian system.

My primary research interests are dynamical systems modelling and control of biological system. I have mostly studied on plant gene regulatory network and my research mainly focuses on application of engineering design principles for synthetic biology application to improve crop productivity.

Research Interests

  • Modelling of Dynamical Systems 
  • System Identification and Network Inference
  • Application of Control Engineering to Biological, Medical and Industrial Problems
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology

Education / Academic qualification

Electronics & Electrical Engineering, Doctorate, University of Melbourne


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Controllers Engineering & Materials Science
Identification (control systems) Engineering & Materials Science
Feedback control Engineering & Materials Science
Chemical reactions Engineering & Materials Science
Genes Engineering & Materials Science
Networks (circuits) Engineering & Materials Science
Control systems Engineering & Materials Science
Nonlinear distortion Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2004 2018

  • 70 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 10 Conference proceeding
  • 7 Chapter
  • 1 Other

A Framework for Engineering Stress Resilient Plants Using Genetic Feedback Control and Regulatory Network Rewiring

Foo, M., Gherman, I., Zhang, P., Bates, D. & Denby, K. 15 Jun 2018 In : ACS Synthetic Biology. 7, 6, p. 1553-1564 12 p., 7

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Feedback control

Computationally Efficient Modelling of Stochastic Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in Biomolecular Networks

Kim, J., Foo, M. & Bates, D. G. 22 Feb 2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 1 p., 3498

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Molecular interactions
Computational efficiency

Modelling and Control of Gene Regulatory Networks for Perturbation Mitigation

Foo, M., Kim, J. & Bates, D. 11 Jan 2018 In : IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. (in Press), 99, p. (in press) 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Gene Regulatory Networks
Gene Regulatory Network

Biomolecular implementation of nonlinear system theoretic operators

Foo, M., Sawlekar, R., Kim, J., Bates, D. G., Stan, G. B. & Kulkarni, V. 6 Jan 2017 2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 1824-1831 8 p. (2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
Nonlinear systems
Chemical reactions
Rational functions
Drug delivery

Control strategies for mitigating the effect for external perturbations on gene regulatory networks

Foo, M., Gherman, I., Denby, K. & Bates, D. 9 Jul 2017 IFAC World Congress. 1 ed. IFAC-Papers OnLine, Vol. 50, p. 12647-12652 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Biological systems
Feedback control
Control theory