Rodica Curtu

PhD, University of Pittsburgh 2003

Director of Graduate Studies

Contact information

Department of Mathematics
University of Iowa
225F MacLean Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1419

Phone: (319)-335-0744
Departmental fax: (319) 335-0627


Fall 2021

Office Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30 AM - 11:20 PM (Room 225F MLH), or by appointment

MATH:6600    Ordinary Differential Equations I       ---       MWF 11:30 AM -12:20 PM (Room 66 SH)
MATH:5900    First-Year Graduate Seminar       ---       F 3:30 PM -4:20 PM (Room 105 MLH)
MATH:5750    Mathematical Biology I       ---       MWF 12:30 PM -1:20 PM (Room 131 SH; since Nov.1 )

Other Appointments

- Faculty of AMCS - Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (University of Iowa)
- Faculty of The Interdiciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience (University of Iowa)
- Member of The Iowa Neuroscience Institute
- Full member of the Delta Center - Development and Learning from Theory to Application
- Affilate member, Human Brain Research Lab University of Iowa
- Membership Chair Organization for Computational Neurosciences (Board of Directors 2020-2022)

Mathematical Biology Group

We have an active group of faculty and students interested in Mathematical Biology. We organize weekly seminars and lunch meetings. If you are a student or a visitor at the University of Iowa interested in the topic, or you would just like to join us, let us know!

Sonia Kovalevsky Day

This is an event organized by the University of Iowa that seeks to engage young women through a variety of hands-on problem solving and learning activities. High school aged women, their educators, and parents or guardians are invited to a day-long program featuring workshops, talks, and panels of professionals, and opportunities for social interaction among those who share a passion for math. Here is a picture from the Sonia Kovalevsky Day 2012.

Awards/ Funding

NSF IIS-1515678 (PI)
CRCNS: Collaborative Research: Dynamic Models of Human Auditory Perceptual Switching Informed by Large-Scale ECoG Recordings (9/01/2015-8/31/2019)
NSF BCS-1029082 (Co-PI)
       The Emergence of Cognitive Flexibility in Neural-Behavioral Systems (10/01/2010-6/30/2016)
NSF DMS-1347717 (PI)
       Nonlinear Dynamics and Stochastic Methods: From Neuroscience to Other Biological Applications (3/01/2014-2/28/2015)
NSF DMS-1025483 (Co-PI)
       CMG Research: On the Quest for Power Laws in Floods: Developing Numerical and Analytical Tools (9/15/2010-8/31/2014)
Simons Foundation Grant (PI)
       2013 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics
2012 AWM-NSF Travel Award
2010 University of Iowa Presidential Faculty Fellowship Award

Conferences (Organizer / Member of the Scientific Committee)

March 10-12, 2014: Conference on Nonlinear Dynamics and Stochastic Methods: From Neuroscience to Other Biological Applications, Pittsburgh, PA

Program / Scientific Committee
June 24-26, 2019: The 5-th International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS), Copenhagen, Denmark

April 13, 2019: 7th Midwest Women in Mathematics Symposium, Iowa City, IA

June 11-13, 2018: The 4-th International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS), Antibes Juan les Pins, France

June 8-10, 2015: The 1-st International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS), Antibes Juan les Pins, France

November 24-26, 2014: 3rd International Conference on Complex Dynamical Systems: New Mathematical Concepts and Applications in Life Sciences, TOBB Economy and Technology University, Ankara, Turkey

Research/ Publications



Xiayi Wang (2015-2017)
       Current position: Data Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, New Jersey

Graduate Students

Ying Liu
       PhD target date: Spring 2024

Pake Melland
       PhD 2021; NSF-RTG Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
       (Computational Neuroscience program); See details on Pake's website
Anh P Q Nguyen
       PhD 2019; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI, IN (Leonid Rubchinsky's lab)
Aarati Mahat
       PhD 2018; Lecturer, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Superior, WI
Joe Ambrose
       PhD 2016 (Co-advisor: John Spencer, Psychology); Works for the Government
Morgan Fonley
       PhD 2015; Associate Professor (Tenured), Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Alma College, MI
Jeannine Abiva
       PhD 2013; Scientist/Applied Mathematician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division
Danilo Diedrichs
       PhD 2012; Associate Professor (Tenured), Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Wheaton College, IL

Undergraduate Students

Guanyu Wang - URA (Outcome 2013: PhD graduate student, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)
Maxwell Turner - VIGRE URA (Outcome 2011: PhD graduate student, Neuroscience, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
Sharniece Holland (Alabama State University) - McNair/SROP URA at UIowa;
Travis DeWitt - VIGRE URA (Outcome 2010: PhD graduate student, Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City)

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