After studying applied mathematics at the University of Twente, I obtained my PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology. After that, I have worked as a postdoc at the University of Canterbury, as a teacher in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania and Kenya and as a researcher at CWI in Amsterdam. In 2014, I joined TU Delft, where I’m currently an associate professor.
Currently, I do not have any open PhD or postdoc positions.
New papers and preprints (a full list is here)
- Rosanne Wallin, Leo van Iersel, Steven Kelk and Leen Stougie. Applicability of several rooted phylogenetic network algorithms for representing the evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2. BMC Ecology and Evolution, 21:220 (2021).
- Leo van Iersel, Remie Janssen, Mark Jones and Yukihiro Murakami. Orchard Networks are Trees with Additional Horizontal Arcs. arXiv:2110.11065 [math.CO] (2021).
- Leo van Iersel, Sjors Kole, Vincent Moulton and Leonie Nipius. An algorithm for reconstructing level-2 phylogenetic networks from trinets. arXiv:2109.11244 [cs.DS] (2021).
- Katharina T. Huber, Leo van Iersel, Remie Janssen, Mark Jones, Vincent Moulton and Yukihiro Murakami. Level-2 networks from shortest and longest distances. Discrete Applied Mathematics 306:138-165 (2022). (arXiv)
- Sander Borst, Leo van Iersel, Mark Jones and Steven Kelk. New FPT algorithms for finding the temporal hybridization number for sets of phylogenetic trees. Algorithmica, to appear. arXiv:2007.13615 [cs.DS] (2020).
- Elizabeth Gross, Leo van Iersel, Remie Janssen, Mark Jones, Colby Long and Yukihiro Murakami. Distinguishing level-1 phylogenetic networks on the basis of data generated by Markov processes. Journal of Mathematical Biology, 83:32 (2021). (arXiv)
- Leo van Iersel, Remie Janssen, Mark Jones, Yukihiro Murakami and Norbert Zeh. A Unifying Characterization of Tree-based Networks and Orchard Networks using Cherry Covers. Advances in Applied Mathematics, 129:102222 (2021). (arXiv)
Recent student theses (a full list is here)
- Yukihiro Murakami, On Phylogenetic Encodings and Orchard Networks (PhD)
- Remie Janssen, Rearranging Phylogenetic Networks (PhD)
- Frank Janisse, Encoding level-k phylogenetic networks (MSc)
- Rosanne Wallin, Applicability of phylogenetic network algorithms for representing the evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2 (blog post) (MSc)
- Jasper van Bemmelen, Reconstructing tree-child networks from their exhibited trinets (MSc)
- Bryan Versendaal, Improving algorithms in phylogenetics using machine learning (MSc)
- Sjors Kole, Constructing level-2 phylogenetic networks from trinets (software) (MSc)
- Leonie Nipius, Rooted binary level-3 phylogenetic networks are encoded by quarnets (BSc)
- Leo van Iersel. Hoe zijn ze verwant? Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, 5/16 (3): 174-178 (2015).
- ENW-GROOT grant “Optimization for and with Machine Learning” funded by NWO, co-applicant. https://optimal.uva.nl/
- ENW-KLEIN grant “Treewidth Parameterizations of Network Construction Problems in Phylogenetics” funded by NWO.
- Vidi grant “Encoding, reconstructing and comparing complex evolutionary scenarios” funded by NWO.
- Veni grant “Bringing phylogenetic networks to life” funded by NWO.
- First workshop on AI and Mathematics – Connecting the mathematics clusters. June 9-10 2022, CWI Amsterdam.
- Distinguishability in genealogical phylogenetic networks, 13 – 17 August 2018, Lorentz Center, Leiden.
- Utilizing Genealogical Phylogenetic Networks in Evolutionary Biology: Touching the Data, 7-11 July 2014, Lorentz Center, Leiden.
- The Future of Phylogenetic Networks, 15-19 October 2012, Lorentz Center, Leiden.
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