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Meet New Mathematics and Statistics Professor Kristina Crona

Kristina Crona

Kristina Crona is a new assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

PhD mathematics, Stockholm University
BS mathematics, Stockholm University  



Areas of Research
Mathematical biology, specifically applications of discrete and algebraic methods to evolutionary biology. The main application is antimicrobial drug resistance mutations, where the goal is to predict, prevent, and manage drug resistance problems.  


What initially sparked your interest in mathematics and statistics?
“The starting point was my interest in science, especially physics and biology. A high school experiment where we determined the velocity of light was important. In school I considered mathematics the language of science, so that it seems logical that I returned to biology after years of research in pure mathematics.”


What honed your interest to your specific areas of research?
“Mathematical biology is exceptionally interesting at this point in time. Thanks to DNA sequencing and other laboratory techniques, we can finally test conjectures phrased 100 years ago. New mathematical approaches are critical for interpretations of empirical data, theory development, and clinical applications. Importantly, I realized that my own background in discrete and algebraic methods was very useful in evolutionary biology.” 


What brought you to AU?
“A great job, great school, and great location, and the position seemed like an exceptionally good fit. Indeed, the math group explicitly stated an interest in applications with ‘deep roots,’ which reads like a description of my profile.”  


What are you hoping to accomplish at AU?
“The ultimate goal for my research is to make evolutionary biology a more exact and applicable science. We want to be able to predict and manage evolutionary processes, including the development of antibiotic and HIV drug resistance. My vision is to involve AU student in this research, as well as to establish interdisciplinary collaborations at AU.”