Mathematics of reaction networks (MBIO)


Our group focuses on the development of mathematical theory to analyse mathematical models that arise from studying systems of (bio)chemical reactions.

It is widespread in biology to model the time evolution of species concentrations in reaction networks with either systems of ordinary differential equations or systems of stochastic equations. When analyzed appropriately, these models can be used to understand and predict the behavior of biological systems. Current models in systems and synthetic biology are complex and contain a large number of variables and unknown parameters, which limits the use of available mathematical methods for their analysis.


See our publications related to reaction networks here: publication list.

Open positions

A postdoc position is available under the supervision of Elisenda Feliu, starting September 1st, 2019.

The position is to study the bistability underlying the switch from acute to chronic infections in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa using mathematical models and the algebraic techniques developed within the mathematical theory of reaction networks. 

The position is initially for one year, with the possibility of a one year extension.
The project is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark.

To apply send your CV and publication list to, stating clearly in the subject that you apply for the position. Shortlisted applicants will be asked for more details.
 Deadline: June 15th, 2019. Applications after the deadline will be accepted until the position is filled.

For possible applications for external funding, such as Marie Curie postdoc grants or fellowships from your country of origin, contact us (  


We are currently funded by the following research projects:

  • Sapere Aude Starting Grant from the Danish Research Council, with title Algebraic methods for qualitative profiling of reaction networks, 2015-2019. PI: Elisenda Feliu

Past funding

  • Lundbeck Fonden research grant with title Mathematical Theory for Biological Interaction Networks and Applications, 2014-2016. PI: Carsten Wiuf. Co-applicant: Elisenda Feliu.
  • Research grant from the Danish Research Council, with title Model reduction for systems of interacting species, 2014-2016. PI: Carsten Wiuf
  • Lundbeck Fonden research grant with title Modelling of signalling cascades using algebraic theory, 2011-2013. PI: Carsten Wiuf
  • Carslberg Fonden networking grant, 2013-2014. PI: Carsten Wiuf

Present and future guests

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Past guests

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Past events

The research group organised a workshop on current and new trends in mathematical reaction network theory, considered broadly to be the theory describing the behaviour of systems of (bio)chemical reactions (July 1-3, 2015, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen). The workshop webpage can be found here.