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Manousaki Dafni(on leave)

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Full Name:Manousaki Dafni
Category:Faculty (Faculty)
Academic Level:Assistant Professor
Academic Department:ECE (School of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Location:Office: 145Α-12, Science/ECE Building (Λ), 2nd Floor


Speciality: Mathematical Biology / Physiology, Differential Equations, Mathematical and computational modeling

Short CV: Daphne Manoussaki received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Oxford (honours) and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle. She then joined NIH where she spent two years as a Visiting Fellow at Laboratory for Cellular Biology (Section on Auditory Mechanics) of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. During 1999-2000 she worked at the Institute for Neuroradiology at the University Hospital of the University of Zurich, and collaborated with the Institute for Fluid Mechanics, at MAVT, ETHZ. In 2000 she returned to Greece where she held visiting faculty appointments at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Crete (Heraklion) and the Department of Sciences, Technical University of Crete (Hania). 

In 2004 she joined the Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University as a tenure track Assistant Professor, where she taught until 2006. In 2006 she joined the Department of Sciences at the Technical University of Crete, and since 2013 she is a faculty member at the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering. 

Between 2004 and 2012 she received training in wet-lab techniques and worked in different cell biology labs: At the Center for Cell Dynamics, University of Washington (2004), at the 2008 Cell Physiology Course (MBL, Woods Hole, MA), and at the Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, NHLBI, NIH, Bethesda, MD (2012). 

Daphne Manoussaki has received awards for her research from the French Society for Theoretical Biology (Pierre Delattre Prize), from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH) and the Chancellor’s prize at Vanderbilt University. Her research on the significance of the cochlea’s spiral shape on low frequency sound perception has been highlighted by numerous scientific magazines and societies (Discover Magazine top 100 science stories & top 2 math stories 2006, Nature Physics highlights, Physical Review Focus, PNAS highlights, κλπ.) 

Her current research interests include cell mechanics and angiogenesis.


  • Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (1996). Thesis Title: Modelling the formation of vascular networks in vitro. University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Thesis advisor: Professor James D. Murray, FRS, Acad. Sci. (Paris)
  • B.A. Mathematics (1991), University of Oxford

Research Areas: Research Areas: Professor James D. Murray, FRS, Acad. Sci. (Paris). Mathematical modeling of angiogenesis, aneurysm mechanics, cochlear mechanics, cell mechanics. 

Other interests: Mathematical modeling of chemotherapy, mathematical modeling of tumor biology, population dynamics, cell biology and atomic force microscopy.

Courses: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Introduction to Programming, Mathematical Biology

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