Maria Barbarossa

Research Fellow
Heidelberg University

As a mathematician, Maria Barbarossa is educated to work with experimentalists, theoretical biologists, chemists and immunologists. She is enthusiastic to work at the boundary between mathematics and the life sciences. Her interest in analysis and its applications in biology and medicine started when she was a master student at the Technische Universität München. During her Ph.D. studies (2008 –2013), her interests evolved towards the field of functional differential equations, especially delay differential equations (DDEs). “The recently established field of applied DDEs is innovative and very advantageous for the biosciences.” During her postdoc at the University of Szeged (2013 – 2015) and later at Heidelberg University (since Oct. 2015), she focused on partial differential equations (PDEs) and studied models for structured population dynamics in the context of infectious diseases. Her current projects are devoted to the development of mathematical models and methods of multiscale models for problems arising in immunobiochemistry and immunoepidemiology.

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Research interests

  • Analysis, numerical implementation and parameter estimation methods for mathematical models based on hybrid systems consisting of a combination of PDEs, ODEs and DDEs. Such hybrid systems allow us to describe multi-scale processes in nature and are in particularly useful for modeling problems in immunology.
  • Parameter estimation methods, model selection techniques for large systems of (ordinary) differential equations in (immune)biochemistry

Field of Expertise

  • Mathematical Models in Biology and Medicine, in particular immunology and epidemiology 
  • Hybrid systems of Differential Equations (coupled PDEs and ODEs, possibly including time delays), in particular for multiscale processes in biology 
  • Analytical and numerical methods for differential equations with delays 

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69120 Heidelberg Germany

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