Maria-Veronica Ciocanel

Assistant Professor of Biology

120 Science Drive Physics 117, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
120 Science Drive Physics 117, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
(919) 660-2800
My research is in mathematical biology, in particular related to questions about protein transport in cells. Understanding how proteins move and organize inside cells is a fundamental question in cell biology, with implications to our knowledge of healthy cell function and proper organism development. I use mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation to address questions about molecular-motor driven transport and protein filament organization. I use tools drawing from dynamical systems and partial differential equations, stochastic processes, and data analysis. I collaborate with experimental researchers on problems related to messenger RNA localization in oocytes, neurofilament transport in axons, and actomyosin interactions in biological ring channels.  Up-to-date information about my research can be found here: 


  • Ph.D., Brown University 2017

  • M.S., Brown University 2013

  • B.S., Duke University 2012

Mallory, Kristina, Joshua Rubin Abrams, Anne Schwartz, Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Alexandria Volkening, and Björn Sandstede. “Influenza spread on context-specific networks lifted from interaction-based diary data.Royal Society Open Science 8, no. 1 (January 27, 2021): 191876. Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Chad M. Topaz, Rebecca Santorella, Shilad Sen, Christian Michael Smith, and Adam Hufstetler. “JUSTFAIR: Judicial System Transparency through Federal Archive Inferred Records.Plos One 15, no. 10 (October 26, 2020): e0241381–e0241381. Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, John Fricks, Peter R. Kramer, and Scott A. McKinley. “Renewal Reward Perspective on Linear Switching Diffusion Systems in Models of Intracellular Transport.Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 82, no. 10 (September 16, 2020): 126. Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Peter Jung, and Anthony Brown. “A Mechanism for Neurofilament Transport Acceleration through Nodes of Ranvier.” Molecular Biology of the Cell 31, no. 7 (January 27, 2020). Full Text

Panaggio, Mark J., Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Lauren Lazarus, Chad M. Topaz, and Bin Xu. “Model reconstruction from temporal data for coupled oscillator networks.Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.) 29, no. 10 (October 2019): 103116. Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Steffen S. Docken, Rebecca E. Gasper, Caron Dean, Brian E. Carlson, and Mette S. Olufsen. “Cardiovascular regulation in response to multiple hemorrhages: analysis and parameter estimation.Biological Cybernetics 113, no. 1–2 (April 2019): 105–20. Full Text

Ciocanel, M. V., T. L. Stepien, I. Sgouralis, and A. T. Layton. “A multicellular vascular model of the renal myogenic response.” Processes 6, no. 7 (July 1, 2018). Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Bjorn Sandstede, Samantha P. Jeschonek, and Kimberly L. Mowry. “Modeling Microtubule-Based Transport and Anchoring of mRNA.” Siam Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems 17, no. 4 (January 2018): 2855–81. Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Tracy Stepien, Aurelie Edwards, and Anita Layton. “Modeling Autoregulation of the Afferent Arteriole of the Rat Kidney.” Edited by Laura Miller. Association for Women in Mathematics Series 8 (August 31, 2017). Full Text

Ciocanel, Maria-Veronica, Jill A. Kreiling, James A. Gagnon, Kimberly L. Mowry, and Björn Sandstede. “Analysis of Active Transport by Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching.” Biophysical Journal 112, no. 8 (April 2017): 1714–25. Full Text


Topaz, Chad Michael, Veronica Ciocanel, Phoebe Cohen, Miles Ott, and Nancy Rodriguez. “Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (QSIDE).” Notices of the American Mathematical Society. American Mathematical Society (AMS), February 1, 2020. Full Text

Adams, Henry, Maria-Veronica Ciocanel, Chad Topaz, and Lori Ziegelmeier. “Topological Data Analysis of Collective Motion.” Siam News. SIAM News, January 27, 2020.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Tuition sponsorship for the Faculty Success Program, awarded by Duke University (2021)

President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Award awarded by The Ohio State University (2018 to 2020)