What we do

Mathematical modelling is becoming more and more instrumental in life sciences; the data complexity and the high number of interacting components, from molecules to animals, render intuitive reasoning very difficult. The idea consists in formulating mathematically how certain biological units affect each other and how these interactions affect the whole system. Such quantitative approaches produce mathematical models, which are then implemented using computer software. We study phyllotaxis by trying, for example, to explain the formation of geometrically regular patterns in plants, such as spirals in sunflowers.

Main publications 2017

  • Dougoud M et al. Ultrasensitivity and sharp threshold theorems for multisite systems. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. 2017; 50
  • Roggo C. et al. Quantitative chemical biosensing by bacterial chemotaxis in microfluidic chips. Environ Microbiol. 2017; 20. 241-258

Find out more about the Group’s activities


university fribourg

Christian Mazza
Biomathematics and Computational
Biology Group
University of Fribourg
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Domains of activity:

  • Systems biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Gene regulatory network analysis
  • Signaling pathways
  • Synthetic biology

Domains of application:

  • Ecology
  • Basic research