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 with ius promovendi (the right to act as promotor).
Currently, I do not have any open PhD or postdoc positions.
New papers and preprints (a full list is here)
- Katharina T. Huber, Leo van Iersel, Remie Janssen, Mark Jones, Vincent Moulton, Yukihiro Murakami. Reconstructibility of level-2 unrooted phylogenetic networks from shortest distances. arXiv:2101.08580 [math.CO] (2020).
- Sander Borst, Leo van Iersel, Mark Jones and Steven Kelk. New FPT algorithms for finding the temporal hybridization number for sets of phylogenetic trees. 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. arXiv:2007.08782 [q-bio.PE] (2020).
- 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)
- Rosanne Wallin, Applicability of phylogenetic network algorithms for representing the evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2 (blog post)
- Jasper van Bemmelen, Reconstructing tree-child networks from their exhibited trinets
- Bryan Versendaal, Improving algorithms in phylogenetics using machine learning
- Sjors Kole, Constructing level-2 phylogenetic networks from trinets (software)
- Leonie Nipius, Rooted binary level-3 phylogenetic networks are encoded by quarnets
- 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.
- Distinguishability in genealogical phylogenetic networks, 13 – 17 August 2018, Lorentz Center, Leiden. Scientific organizers: Leo van Iersel, Steven Kelk, David Morrison and Celine Scornavacca.
- 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.
Program Committee memberships