Ludovica CottaRamusino  
IMA Postdoctoral Fellow


Education  
December 2007  PhD in Applied Mathematics, Laboratory for Computation and Visualization in Mathematics and Mechanics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH  
October 2004  MPhil in Cosmology, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth, UK  
March 2002  Laurea in Physics, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Milano, IT  
Research  
My current research interest focuses on mathematical modelling for
biology, a research field at the frontier between mathematics, physics,
chemistry and biology. In particular, my experience is in the field of
theoretical and mathematical models for DNA.
I have been working on a path integral formalism to evaluate in an
efficient way DNA looping probability densities when DNA is described via
a continuum elastic rod model.
DNA looping is a simple and effective mechanisms characterizing and
essential to many cellular processes such as transcription and replication.
Previously, I have been working on the cosmological implications of braneworld models, in which our Universe is assumed to be a four dimensional membrane embedded in a higher dimensional spacetime. 

Teaching  
2003  2007  Linear algebra, I yr students in Computer Science and Engineering  
2006  Mathematical Modelling of DNA, graduate students in Mathematics and Computer Science  
2007  Analysis II, I yr students in Microengineering  
IMA,
University of Minnesota 114 Lind Hall 207 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55403 Phone: +1 612 626 0005 Fax: +1 612 626 7370 Email: cottaram (at) ima (dot) umn (dot) edu
 
Minneapolis, Febrauary 2008 