Katharina Huber


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Personal profile


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 Deputy Chair for it's Undergraduate Board of Examiners.

Areas of Expertise

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

Key Research Interests

Katharina Huber is an Associate Professor 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.


Selected Publications

Overlaid species forests. K. T. Huber, V. Moulton, G. E. Scholz. (2022) Discrete Applied Mathematics. 309 110 - 122.

Optimal realizations and the block decomposition of a finite metric space. K. T. Huber, V. Moulton, A. Spillner. (2021) Discrete Applied Mathematics. 302 103 - 113.

The rigid hybrid number for two phylogenetic trees. K. T. Huber, S. Linz, V. Moulton. (2021) Journal of Mathematical Biology. 82 article 40.

Phylogenetic networks that are their own fold-ups, K.T. Huber, G. E. Scholz. (2020) Advances in Applied Mathematics. 113 101959

OSF-Builder: A new tool for constructing and representing phylogenetic histories involving introgression, G. E. Scholz, A.-A. Popescu, M. I. Taylor, V. Moulton, K.T. Huber. (2019) Systematic Biology. 68(5) 717-729.


External Activities

Please see "Activities" under "My Research".


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