Lito Papaxenopoulou

I studied Mathematics at the National and Kapodistrian University Athens, Greece and the Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany with specialization in Applied Mathematics. In 2014 I moved to Cataluña, Spain for a 4-month traineeship in the research group ''Differential equations, modelling and applications'' coordinated by Dr. Joan Saldaña at the Department of Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the Universitat de Girona. During this traineeship I really enjoyed putting my mathematical knowledge into practice with the aim to gain insights into biological problems and other complex networks. This period in my life definitely helped me realize that a career, which combines both biology and mathematics, is what I want to achieve. This is how in 2015 I started my postgraduate studies in Systems and Synthetic Biology at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. My master thesis, supervised by Dr. Ramon Grima, was focused on constructing a stochastic model of oscillatory gene expression. It incorporated a fair amount of mathematics in order to elucidate the effects of an external oscillatory input on the intrinsic noise of a gene regulatory network. After the end of my master’s studies I worked as a research assistant in Dr. Grima’s group in projects such as ‘Effective Mesoscopic Rate Equations (EMREs) for stochastic models of time-dependent oscillatory gene expression’, and ‘The interrelation between Deterministic and Stochastic Sensitivity Coefficients of stochastic biological models’. Since March 2017, I am a PhD student in Dr. Hatzikirou’ s group at the Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology (BRICS) working on the spatiotemporal dynamics of chronic bacterial infections and the associated immune responses.

-Stochastic processes for biological networks

- Mathematical models in natural sciences

- Differential equations and dynamical systems in biology

- Mathematical and computational methods for medicine