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Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Biology

Maria-Veronica Ciocanel

My research is in mathematical biology, in particular related to questions about protein transport in cells. Understanding how proteins move and organize inside cells is a fundamental question in cell biology, with implications to our knowledge of healthy cell function and proper organism development. I use mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation to address questions about molecular-motor driven transport and protein filament organization. I use tools drawing from dynamical systems and partial differential equations, stochastic processes, and data analysis. I collaborate with experimental researchers on problems related to messenger RNA localization in oocytes, neurofilament transport in axons, and actomyosin interactions in biological ring channels. 

Up-to-date information about my research can be found here:

Contact Info:
Office Location:  120 Science Drive Physics 117, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-2800
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Bio Sci 154, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
    (also cross-listed as MATH 183.01)
Teaching (Spring 2022):

    Physics 227, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
Office Hours:

Fall 2020: Tuesdays 2 - 3:30pm, Fridays 10 - 11:30 am.

Ph.D.Brown University2017
M.S.Brown University2013
B.S.Duke University2012

Computational methods • Data analysis • Developmental biology--Mathematical models • Dynamical systems in biology • Mathematical biology in general • Stochastic processes--Mathematical models

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Mallory, K; Rubin Abrams, J; Schwartz, A; Ciocanel, M-V; Volkening, A; Sandstede, B, Influenza spread on context-specific networks lifted from interaction-based diary data., Royal Society Open Science, vol. 8 no. 1 (January, 2021), pp. 191876, The Royal Society [doi]  [abs]
  2. Ciocanel, M-V; Topaz, CM; Santorella, R; Sen, S; Smith, CM; Hufstetler, A, JUSTFAIR: Judicial System Transparency through Federal Archive Inferred Records., Plos One, vol. 15 no. 10 (October, 2020), pp. e0241381-e0241381 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Ciocanel, M-V; Fricks, J; Kramer, PR; McKinley, SA, Renewal Reward Perspective on Linear Switching Diffusion Systems in Models of Intracellular Transport., Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, vol. 82 no. 10 (September, 2020), pp. 126 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Topaz, CM; Ciocanel, V; Cohen, P; Ott, M; Rodriguez, N, Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (QSIDE), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 67 no. 02 (February, 2020), pp. 1-1, American Mathematical Society (AMS) [doi]
  5. Ciocanel, M-V; Jung, P; Brown, A, A Mechanism for Neurofilament Transport Acceleration through Nodes of Ranvier, Cell Regulation, vol. 31 no. 7 (January, 2020), American Society for Cell Biology [doi]  [abs]
Recent Grant Support

  • RTG: Training Tomorrow's Workforce in Analysis and Applications, National Science Foundation, 2021/07-2026/06. 
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Mathematics Department
Duke University, Box 90320
Durham, NC 27708-0320