Katharina Huber

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Personal profile

Career

Dr. Katharina Huber was awarded a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany, in 1997. After finishing her PhD, she spent two years as a Marsden Postdoctoral fellow at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, working on problems in Phylogenetics. In the beginning of 2000, she moved to Sundsvall, Sweden, where she joined the Department of Mathematics and Physics as a lecturer in Discrete Mathematics. After two years, she moved to Uppsala, Sweden, where she joined the Department of Biometry and Engineering, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the Linnaeus Centre for Bioinformatics. In April 2003, she was awarded the title of a "docent" by Uppsala University. In the summer of 2004, she moved to the United Kingdom where she joined the School of Computing Sciences at UEA. In Aug. 2012 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Since Feb. 2011 she has been a member of the London Mathematical Society (LMS).

 

Research opportunities

Katharina always welcomes enquiries from potential Phd students. She would be particularly keen on recruiting someone to assist her with the development of novel mathematical methodology and algorithms to help understand the complex processes that drive evolution. However she will also seriously consider applicants that would like to work in other any other area of interest to her. Unfortunately, she is unlikely to have a PhD-studentship available for the academic year 2014/15 but would of course help with applications for external funding for 2015/16. 

Computing Sciences PhD Opportunities

Additional Contacts

Key Responsibilities

Katharina Huber is the School's Director for Postgraduate Research. In addition, she is the School's Athena -Swan champion and is co-organizing the seminar series of the School's Computational Biology Laboratory.

Specialisms

Phylogenetics, with special focus on the development of algorithms and mathematical theory for studying molecular evolution; phylogenetic combinatorics.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Katharina Huber is a senior lecturer in Computational Biology and a member  of the School's Computational Biology Laboratory. Her research interests range from developing mathematical theory and algorithms to help shed light into the complex processes that drive molecular evolution to the study of combinatorial objects such as cluster systems and (finite) metric spaces. Selected publications from her list of publications may be found below.

 

Research opportunities

Katharina always welcomes enquiries from potential Phd students. She would be particularly keen on recruiting someone to assist her with the development of novel mathematical methodology and algorithms to help understand the complex processes that drive evolution. However she will also seriously consider applicants that would like to work in other any other area of interest to her. Unfortunately, she is unlikely to have a PhD-studentship available for the academic year 2014/15 but would of course help with applications for external funding for 2015/16. 

Computing Sciences PhD Opportunities

 

Selected Publications

Huber K.T., Moulton V.. Encoding and constructing 1-nested phylogenetic networks with trinets. Algorithmica. 66(3) 2013 714-738.

Gambette P., Huber K.T. On encodings of phylogenetic networks of bounded level. Journal of Mathematical Biology. 65(1) 2012 157-180.

Dress A.W.M., Huber K.T., Steel M. 'Lassoing' a phylogenetic tree I: Basic properties, shellings and
covers. Journal of Mathematical Biology. 65(1) 2012 177-105.

Dress A.W.M., Huber K.T., Koolen J., Moulton V., Spillner A.. Basic Phylogenetic Combinatorics, 2012, Cambrige University Press.

 

External Activities

  • Member of the editorial board of Journal of Mathematical Biology.
  • Member of for program committee for "Workshops on Algorithms in Bioinformatics" in 2014 -- 2012 and 2010.

  • Member of the program committee of 16th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB'12).

  • Visiting fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham, North Carolina, USA, Aug. 2010.

  • Invited participant at the IPlant Grand challenges workshop entitled “Assembling the tree of life to enable the plant sciences (iPTOL)”, Arizona, USA, Nov. 2008.

  • Invited visiting fellow of the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK, (Sept.-Dec. 2007).

  • Her invitations to speak at international conferences and workshops include:
  1. “The Future of Phylogenetic Networks”, Lorentz Center, the Netherlands, Oct. 2012.
  2. "Structure Discovery in Biology: Motifs,Networks & Phylogenies”, Schloss Dagstuhl, Germany, July 2012.
  3. “Future directions in tropical mathematics and its applications”, Manchester University, UK, Jan. 2012.
  4. “Conference on tropical geometry and computational biology”, University of Saarbruecken, Germany, 2012.

 

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