Kevin John Painter

Full Professor
Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST)


Research interests

Agent-based modelling
Mathematical modelling in the life sciences
Ordinary and partial differential equation modelling
Pattern formation


My research involves the development of mathematical and computational models to understand the behaviour of biological, ecological and sociological problems. Examples include the mechanisms that allows tissues and organs to form during embryonic development, the invasive spread of brain tumours and other cancers, the spatial structuring of animal populations and the modelling of landscape features. Most of my work involves international collaborations with a range of multidisciplinary scientists, spanning from theoreticians to experimental scientists.


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Scientific branch

(Area 0001 - Mathematical and computer sciences)

Research topics

  • Mathematical modelling of cell movement and invasion in development, physiology and cancer
  • Understanding animal navigation through mathematical and computational modelling
  • Using computational modelling to understand changing landscape features
  • Using mathematical modelling to understand the origin of morphogenesis and pattern formation


ERC sectors

PE1_20 - Application of mathematics in sciences
LS3_9 - Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in animals


Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 13: Climate action
Goal 14: Life below water


PhD Boards

  • URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO

Courses of Study Boards



Bachelor of Science

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