Techfak / AG Biomathematics
Biomathematics and Theoretical Bioinformatics
led by Ellen Baake, establishes a bridge between bioinformatics and
mathematics. Our main area of research is the mathematical theory of biological evolution, in
particular population genetics. We seek to understand the dynamics of
genes in populations under the joint influence of mutation, selection,
recombination and genetic drift. The tools we use come from probability theory (branching
processes, interactive particle systems, large deviations) as well as from the theory of
Another recent activity concerns probability models in immunobiology, in particular, statistical recognition of antigens.
Current research affiliations
The Priority Programme 'Probabilistic Structures in Evolution' is devoted to the in-depth theoretical
study of stochastic processes in population genetics, stochastic models of adaptive dynamics,
and probabilistic aspects of evolutionary game theory.
The Research Centre for Mathematical Modelling (RCM²) is an inter-departmental institution of Bielefeld University
which provides a common platform for applications of mathematics to the sciences.
The activities include both research and training in mathematical modelling and in mathematical solution techniques.
In the joint graduate program 'Computational Methods for the Analysis of the Diversity and Dynamics of Genomes' of Bielefeld University and Simon Fraser University, we will train young academics to be able to develop methods of high importance for the practical analysis of genome diversity and dynamics.