I have long harboured a passion for the application of mathematics and physics towards problems in biology and from my microbiology and bioinformatics experience, I very much consider myself much more of a bench scientist and all round "thinker".
Assuming someone had a strong biological background (PhD level) but wanted to study part time in order to gain the knowledge necessary to properly transition into the theoretical biology field, would it be best to study purely mathematics, physics, or mathematics and statistics? There is little in the way of career insight into this field and I believe it has yet to bloom, but all of these subjects contain highly applicable topics. Personally I am leaning more toward physics as I believe that this will not only give the mathematical background necessary, but the applied mindset that physicists possess but some mathematicians don't. However, many aspects of statistics are well rooted in biology, and of course mathematics on its own will give me more tools to apply.
I understand that no one course will cover all bases, but which would be the best to pursue in order to give me the strongest grounding for further study in this field? It is my intention to perhaps follow up this with a dedicated MSc in mathematical biology in order to give me the opportunity to study the direct application of my knowledge to biology.
Thanks in advance.