ESMTB 2020 Board Election Candidates

Tom Britton
Stockholm University, Sweden

Over the years my three main research areas have been epidemic modelling (both theoretically and applied to specific diseases), phylogenetics/genetics and network modelling. My background is probability and statistics. Among other things I have been using coupling, weak convergence, branching processes, diffusion theory, martingale theory, survival analysis, inference theory, MCMC and particle filtering, when addressing various problems in the fields mentioned above. The last few months I have been deeply involved in modelling and analyses of Covid-19 and I have frequently been interviewed in both national and international media.

I hold the Cramér chair in Mathematical statistics, at the Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University (Sweden). I did my PhD in the same university, and after this I did a Post Doc with Niels Becker in Australia, followed by Associate professor at Uppsala University (Sweden). I have written just above 100 scientific research papers, have h-index 33 (Google scholar) and have written 3 research monographs, all on Epidemic modelling. I teach 1-3 courses per year at my university, and the last 10 years I have taught in summer schools in 8 different countries. I gave a 35 minute public lecture on Epidemic modelling and Covid-19 in mid-March 2020 which was recorded and now has >100k views. I am currently the chairman of the Cramér Society (the Swedish academic statistical society). I have been associate editor for Journal of Mathematical Biology for 10 years, and have recently accepted to become a Deputy Editor for PLoS Computational Biology. For more details see my web-page:

As a member of the ESMTB Board, I would particularly engage in

  • bridging the gap between biomathematics and its connections to applications, e.g., by promoting the use of data to motivate problems or to be used in the analysis

  • promoting both deterministic and stochastic models of biological systems

  • keeping close ties between theoretical and mathematical biologists on the one hand, and the mathematical community at large on the other.

I believe that ECMTB conferences as well as summer schools are instrumental in increasing research activities and fostering new generations of mathematical and theoretical biologists.

José A. Carrillo
University of Oxford, UK

José A. Carrillo is currently Professor of the Analysis of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations of the OxPDE group in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and affiliated to the Wolfson Center of Mathematical Biology. He previously held academic positions at Imperial College London, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Universidad de Granada, where he also did his PhD.

He works on kinetic and aggregation-diffusion equations. He has contributed to the theoretical and numerical analysis of PDEs, and their simulation in different applications such as granular media, semiconductors and lately in collective behavior models in Mathematical Biology and Computational Neuroscience. He was the chairman of Year of Mathematical Biology Committee in 2018 organized by the ESMTB and the EMS.

I will serve the community of researchers represented by ESMTB by further developing and fostering the interaction of mathematics and life sciences at large. Biology is a wonderful source of challenging mathematical problems and mathematics can enlarge the impact of research in life sciences and medicine by using its tools and deductive approach.

Elisenda Feliu
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

I am associate professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. My current research field primarily concerns the development of mathematical theory for the analysis of models in molecular biology, mainly using algebraic approaches. In this context, my fascination for biology and pure mathematics nicely meet: I hold a Phd in Mathematics, followed by a master in Bioinformatics.

A tipping point in my carrer was the competitive Sapere Aude Starting Grant from the Danish Research Council (2015), which allowed me to start my own research group, and led to my admittance to the Young Academy of Denmark.

In 2018-2019, I was secretary of the SIAM activity group on algebraic geometry, mainly in charge of communication with members, and I gained good insight into SIAM’s organization. If elected, I will build on this experience, and work to maintain and strengthen ESMTB’s important role in connecting, promoting, recognising and advancing European research in mathematical and theoretical biology, and in supporting its researchers at all levels.

Chaitanya Gokhale
Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

From my first ECMTB in Krakow, I have come to know and then work with numerous people of the Society. I have made use of the banner name, time and again, to advertise events concerning mathematical biology, e.g. seminar series celebrating the Year of Mathematical Biology. An organisational role would then be a way of giving back to the Society for the opportunities it has provided me over the years. Given the current situation, I envision that the Board duties and responsibilities have multiplied.

The importance of mathematical modelling and analysis impacting policy-making has never been higher, and I believe that it falls on Societies like ours to sort the grain from the chaff over the coming years. Rising to challenges like these, I would be honoured to share the obligation. Developing initiatives, such as outreach from school level onwards to the publishing of peer-reviewed electronic content (fostering dialogue à la eLife format) can help our field keep pace with the way science is being conducted and promoted. Taking part in the ongoing/future activities and designing and developing new initiatives for the Society would be my privilege.

Haralampos Hatzikirou
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany

I am currently a group leader at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research. My research is focused on the cell decision- making in pathophysiological multicellular systems and its implication in biomedical problems, such as cancer. Also I am interested in the fusion of mathematical modeling and machine learning.

I have been a member of ESMTB since my PhD years back in 2005. I believe that ESMTB should pave the way to redefine and broaden the scope of mathematical biology. In particular, apart from the academic and research excellence, I am envisioning mathematical biology getting closer to industry. Specially the rise of biodemical data science offers a fertile ground. Mathematical biology is a an applied field and I believe this could be manifested in the current biomedical market.

Tommaso Lorenzi
Politecnico di Torino, Italy

I am an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Politecnico di Torino. Previously, I was Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the ENS Paris-Saclay and at the Sorbonne-Université.

I started working in Mathematical Biology during my PhD studies.

My research is on the development, analysis and numerical simulation of discrete and partial differential equation models. I collaborate with researchers in the natural and social sciences, and my research interests include models of evolutionary dynamics and tumour growth.

I strongly believe that research in Mathematical Biology requires transdisciplinary collaboration crossing boundaries between applied and fundamental scientific research. It would be a privilege to become a member of the ESMTB Board to proactively contribute to activities that promote knowledge transfer between researchers with diverse scientific backgrounds, harness the range of skills from across the continent, allow students and young researchers to access interdisciplinary training, and facilitate dissemination of research findings to the public and non-academic stakeholders.

Benoît Perthame
Sorbonne University, Paris, France

I am a professor at Sorbonne University, formerly known as Paris 6, and was head of the Jacques Louis Lions laboratory 2013-2019. I have been elected to the french Academie des Sciences in 2018 and I am currently runing the Adora ERC advanced grant. I am co-editor in chief of Acta Applicandae Mathematicae.

My scientific background is on nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, from control theory, Boltzmann theory and conservation laws. At the end of the previous century I decided to fully re-orient my research to the direction of mathematical biology. For that purpose I organized an Inria team (now called Mamba) on this subject and an option of master degree in my university. I am a theoretician and my interests are broad in terms of biology fields (bacterial movement, tissue growth, chemotaxis, neuroscience, evolution).

As a member of the ESMTB board, my goal would be to promote mathematical biology at the highest scientific level, help young researchers and PhD student in the field of mathematical biology and still increase relations between life sciences and all the areas of mathematical modeling.

Nikolaos Sfakianakis
University of St. Andrews, UK

I am a Lecturer of Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Biology at the University of St Andrews. I obtained my PhD in Applied Mathematics/Numerical Analysis from the University of Crete in 2009, and have worked in École Normale Supérieure in Paris, the University of Vienna, the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, and Heidelberg University.

My research interests extend through various scales of cancer growth; from single cell migration to macroscopic cancer invasion. I employ in my work, primarily, tools of mathematical modelling, numerical analysis, and scientific computing.

One of the biggest challenges of modern Mathematical Biology research is the (ir-)reproducibility of the scientific computing results. As a member of the ESMTB board I will do my best in this direction and help our Society take the necessary steps to address this issue.

Constantinos Siettos
University of Naples, Federico II, Italy

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Applications of the University of Naples, Federico II, Italy. From 2001 to 2004 I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University. From 2004 to 2018, I was at the Faculty of the School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

My research focuses on the modeling, computational analysis and control of complex multi-scale systems to address emerging challenging problems in applied mathematics, computer science, physical, life sciences, and engineering. These problems arise across interdisciplinary disciplines as mathematical epidemiology and computational neuroscience.

I have been invited to give several plenary and invited presentations in international conferences, workshops and universities. In 2012, I was awarded the Fulbright Award for Academic Excellence to conduct research and lecturing on Complex Systems Dynamics at Princeton University. In 2016, I was the local organizer of the Dynamics Days Europe conference, one of the major conferences worldwide in the field of nonlinear dynamics. Since 2019, I am the Chair-Elect of the Advisory Board of Dynamics Days Europe. In 2019, I was the local organizer of the 10th Conference on Dynamical Systems Applied to Biology and Natural Sciences. My research has been funded by many european and national grants. For more information about my CV and research activities please visit

As part of the ESMTB board, I will join forces to enhance networking and scientific collaboration in the fields of both Epidemiology and Neuroscience. In the difficult era of the new pandemic, I aim to work for the dissemination of the goals of ESMTB helping with the organization of conferences and summer schools but also their digital/virtual tweens.

Angélique Stéphanou
TIMC Laboratory, University Grenoble Alpes, France

I have been a CNRS researcher at the TIMC Laboratory in Grenoble since 2004. My initial scientific interest was towards morphogenetic processes using mathematical and computational approaches. I studied vascular development and angiogenesis occasionally doing experiments. That progressively led me to model tumor growth and anticancer therapies making me realise that hybrid multiscale and multiphysics modelling approaches were useful.

Mathematical and theoretical approaches in biology are widespread with an increasing importance, becoming centre stage in many works. I wish to accompany this evolution through the Society in all possible ways, by facilitating the emergence and structuring of new thematic groups, favouring new means of interactions with more webinars – to complement but never replace the Society’s Conference ! – by providing new tribunes to our community with new editorial partnerships, in continuity with the many initiatives already launched in that sense. I also wish to advocate interdisciplinarity whenever and wherever required.

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