Anna Marciniak-Czochra

Director of the Institute of Applied Mathematics – Professor of applied Mathematics
Heidelberg University

Anna Marciniak-Czochra is a professor in Applied Mathematics and the head of the research group “Applied Analysis and Modelling in Biosciences“ at the Institute of Applied Mathematics (IAM), Interdisciplinary Center of Scientific Computing (IWR) and BIOQUANT Center, Heidelberg University. Her interdisciplinary expertise lies in the areas of applied mathematics and mathematical and computational biosciences. She focuses on the dynamics of self-organisation and structure formation in developmental and regeneration processes, and in cancer. The aim of her research is to develop and analyse multiscale mathematical models of the dynamics of structure formation in multicellular systems and to develop new mathematical methods for modelling of such complex processes. She studied Mathematics at the University of Warsaw and obtained PhD from Heidelberg University. She won European Research Council starting grant (ERC grant) in the first call of 2007 (panel Mathematics). In 2008 the DFG – the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany – granted her a Emmy Noether research group. In 2011 she obtained a Dr. Habil. from the University of Wroclaw. 

She is a member of the Board of European Society for Theoretical and Mathematical Biology (ESMTB) and of the Heidelberg Graduate School, the deputy director of the IAM and the coordinator of the Research Training Group “Mathematical Modeling for the Quantitative Biosciences”. She authored 72 peer reviewed journal articles and supervised 11 doctoral students. Currently, she is a PI at two collaborative research centers (SFB 873 and SFB1324) and at the newly established Cluster of Excellence (DFG) “Structures”. 

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Research interest

  • Mathematical modelling and analysis
  • Partial differential equations and dynamical systems
  • Dynamics of stem cell systems in development and cancer
  • Multiscale methods for model derivation and reduction
  • Mechanisms and function of biological pattern formation

Field of Expertise

  • Applied Mathematics

Selected publications

Pattern formation/Reaction-diffusion equations: 

  • Czochra, M., Härting, S., Karch, G.  and Suzuki, K.  Dynamical spike solutions in a nonlocal model of pattern formation. Nonlinearity 31: 1757 (2018).
  • Härting, S., Czochra, A. M. and Takagi, I. Stable patterns with jump discontinuity in systems with Turing instability and hysteresis. Cornell University. Syst. A. 37: 757–800 (2017).

Cancer/Stem cell modelling:

  • Stiehl, T., Baran, N., Ho, A. D.  and -Czochra, A.M. Cell division patterns in acute myeloid leukemia stem-like cells determine clinical course: a model to predict patient survival. Cancer Research. 75: 940–949 (2015).
  • Ziebell, F., Dehler, S., Martin-Villalba A. and Marciniak-Czochra, A.M. Revealing age- related changes of adult hippocampal neurogenesis using mathematical models. Development 45: dev153544 (2018).

Multiscale analysis:

  • Czochra, A.M. and Ptashnyk, M. Derivation of a macroscopic receptor-based model using homogenisation techniques. SIAM J. Mat. Anal. 40: 215–237 (2008).

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Im Neuenheimer Feld 205 
Office: 2.225  
69120 Heidelberg 

Phone: +49 6221 54-14140

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Indian Principal Investigator: Sapna Ratan Shah (JNU)

PhD candidate:  Rohit Kumar (tbc for Phase 1)

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