Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award

2014 Final Selection

Juan Carlos
Full thesis

Aurélie Carlier
Full thesis

Andrew Bate
Full thesis

2015 Final Selection

Daniel Kaschek
Full thesis

Giancarlo Cicconofri
Full thesis

Gabriel Maciel
Full thesis

Linus Schumacher
Full Thesis

Walter de Back
Full Thesis

Abbas Shirinifard
Christoforos Hadjichrysanthou
Joep Schmitz

2017:

The winner of the ESMTB Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award for 2017 is Jochen Kursawe, for his thesis “Quantitative Methods for Investigating Epithelial Morphogenesis”. Jochen was a doctoral student at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford, supervised by Professor Ruth Baker and Dr Alexander Fletcher.

In his thesis, Jochen developed a pipeline to integrate mechanistic modelling approaches with quantitative data to investigate the question of how embryos control tissue size. He showed that various choices made regarding the implementation of standard cell-based models for this problem could influence the resultant outcomes, and derived some biologically counter-intuitive results. This work has far-reaching consequences.   He then tested various hypotheses on tissue size control, coming up with scenarios that agree with experimental observations. To facilitate accurate comparison with experimental results, he then tackled some unresolved problems concerning the acquisition of spatiotemporal data from poorly resolved experimental images, developing a novel algorithm for epithelial cell-tracking. He combined experimental and theoretical studies through the use of approximate Bayesian computation to infer parameters and determine what data are required to measure parameters reliably. The thesis has led to a number of papers published in top international journals and is an excellent example of how to combine mechanistic modelling with experimental data.

2016: 

The winner of the ESMTB Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award for 2016 is Stilianos Louca, from University of British Colombia, for his thesis "The ecology of microbial metabolic pathways". Dr Louca's work uses mathematical and computational modelling,
coupled with data analysis, to demonstrate a novel principle of microbrial organization. His research has resulted in 8 original publications,
including papers in Science, PNAS and Nature Ecology.

2015:

Linus Schumacher (A mathematical exploration of principles of collective cell migration and self-organisation) http://www.dtc.ox.ac.uk/people/11/schumacher/

 

2014:

Aurélie Carlier (Multiscale modeling of angiogenesis during normal and impaired bone regeneration)

Juan Carlos López Alfonso (Modeling and optimization of radiotherapy treatment plans) 

 

2013:

Andreas Raue

Abraham Leendert Willem Kuijper

 

2012:

Christoforos C. Hadjichrysanthou http://www.liv.ac.uk/mathematical-sciences/staff/christoforos-hadjichrysanthou/

 

2011:
Stefan Höhme http://www.hoehme.com/

 

2010:

Tina Toni http://www.theosysbio.bio.ic.ac.uk/people/tina-toni/

 

2009:

Stefan Legewie https://www.imb-mainz.de/research/legewie/biography/

Max Wolf http://www.igb-berlin.de/mitarbeitende-igb.html?show=331

 

2008:

Thomas Maiwald http://www.thomasmaiwald.de/

 

2007:

Barbara Boldin http://osebje.famnit.upr.si/~barbara.boldin/

Antonio Politi

 

ESMTB announces the Reinhardt-Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award for the student submitting the best doctoral thesis in 2018.

Potential applicants may be nominated by any ESMTB member. Please submit to Philip Maini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

  1. Name, address, phone number, affiliation and email address of nominator.
  2. Name, address, phone number, affiliation and email address of nominee.
  3. A detailed statement describing why the nominee should be considered for the award.
  4. An extended summary of the thesis (ca. 2-5 pages).
  5. A CV of the nominee.

Closing date is 31st January 2019, by which time the thesis should have received final acceptance from the institution granting the doctoral degree.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to send their full thesis.

The Award includes:

- Publication of a summary of the thesis as lead article in the 2019 issue of the European Communications in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology;

- Invitation to present a lecture at the next ESMTB Conference or, alternatively, a limited travel grant from ESMTB for a scientific visit of the winner’s own choice;

- 1 year’s free membership of ESMTB;

- A voucher for Springer books.

Professor Reinhart Heinrich (1946 – 2006) started his research career in theoretical physics and then moved into biochemistry, becoming a full professor and head of theoretical biophysics at the Humboldt University, Berlin in 1990. He is considered a father of the field that is now named Systems  Biology, since he investigated various topics such as modelling metabolic networks and metabolic control theory, modelling of signal transduction networks, nonlinear dynamics as applied to biological systems, protein translocation, lipid translocation, vesicular transport, and even DNA repair. Reinhart Heinrich was always searching for the principles that underlie observations, looking for different perspectives and connecting theoretical abstraction with biological evidence. In this way, he inspired numerous students, gave them insight and direction for future research in modern mathematical and theoretical biology, and organized a large number of memorable conferences. Gratefully acknowledging his stimulating support of our interdisciplinary field and, in particular, his way of guiding students and young scientists, the Board of ESMTB decided to offer a Doctoral Thesis Award annually to commemorate Reinhart Heinrich and his legacy in mathematical and theoretical biology.

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