Kai Li

Kai Li

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Hi there! I am a passionate PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide. In my PhD project, I explore the world of mathematical biology. More specifically, I aim to understand better the growth patterns and behaviour of yeast colonies commonly used to make bread and alcoholic beverages. This interdisciplinary collaboration is extremely rewarding because it empowers me to make contributions to benefit winemakers, bioengineers, material scientists etc.

Prior to my PhD, I completed my undergraduate degree in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide. After graduating with my undergraduate degree I pursued a Master of Philosophy degree also in applied mathematics. Due to the substantial amount of work produced in my MPhil, I was recommended to upgrade to a PhD in October 2023.

Under the supervision of A/Prof Benjamin Binder and Dr Edward Green, I am developing new mathematical models to predict the spatial patterns in yeast colonies. We employ both continuous partial differential equations and discrete agent-based approaches to better understand different types of yeast growths from experimental results. Very exciting! For more about me and my research, visit my website

  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2022 - 2025 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Mathematics)
    2019 - 2021 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced)
  • Research Interests

Year Title Recipient Amount
2024 Adelaide Graduate Research School Travel Grant Kai Li $2,500
2024 SMB Landahl Travel Grant Kai Li $750 
2024 The Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust Conference Travel Grants Kai Li  $750 


I tutor and lead engaging weekly practical sessions for first-year mathematics courses for students studying mathematics, engineering, and sciences. I also provide informative feedback and guidance to students through practical demonstrations and assignment marking.

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