Gheorghe Craciun

Credentials: Mathematical and computational methods in biology

Position title: Professor (also Professor of Mathematics)


Phone: (608) 265-3391


• B.S. 1994, University of Bucharest, Romania

• Ph.D. 2002, Ohio State University (Martin Feinberg)

• Postdoctoral 2002-05, Ohio State University (Avner Friedman)

Honors & Awards

2012                    Visiting Professor Fellowship, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2013                    Feinberg Foundation Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Weizmann Institute, Israel

2014-2016         Vilas Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2017-present    Discovery Fellow, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019-2023        Van Vleck Professorship Prize, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019-2020        Simons Fellow in Mathematics, Simons Foundation

2019-2020        Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

Research Interests

Normal cell function is based in large part on the operation of modules consisting of complex networks of biochemical reactions. I am interested in mathematical and computational methods for understanding dynamical properties of biochemical networks, such as gene regulatory networks, signaling pathways, and metabolic networks. For example, I am working on designing algorithms that allow us to relate the topological structure of a biochemical network and its dynamical properties, such as its capacity to exhibit bistability and oscillations, or its sensitivity to noise and other stochastic properties.

In particular, I am considering mathematical and computational models of: cell division and apoptosis, intracellular transport using motor proteins, electrical signals that allow for intercellular communication, and the action of regulatory molecules that are present at very low levels per cell. I am also working on designing algorithms for de novo sequencing of peptides using mass spectrometry data.


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