Professor Carmen Molina-Paris

Profile

I am interested in developing mathematical models, in close collaboration with immunologists, that help us understand the molecular mechanisms behind immune responses: what determines the size and receptor diversity of T and B cells. Stochastic Markov process are extremely useful to describe the time evolution of different immune cell populations.

Research interests

My main current interest is modelling immune responses.

Three main themes are of special interest:

[1] T cell receptor-ligand binding and T cell receptor
signalling, What determines the ability of T cells
to discriminate different antigens.

[2] Size and receptor diversity of the different T cell populations.

[3] Interactions, in vivo and in real time, between dendritic cells (that display antigens on their membrane) and T cells (that display on their membrane T cell receptors).

As a theoretical physicist I am interested in understanding particle production in the Early Universe and the validity of the semi-classical approximation to Einstein's equation.

Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Mathematics