I'm a PhD student at University of Vienna in Sara Merino-Aceituno's research group Mathematics of Emergence in natural Domains. I studied mathematics at TU Kaiserslautern with stays at TU Delft and The University of Auckland. Next year, I will start as a program-specific researcher at the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study of Human Biology in Seirin-Lee's lab.

With my research, I want to answer questions in biology using mathematical tools. I have worked on mechanical models in developmental biology (epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions), muscle dynamics, molecular dynamics and phage-bacterial interactions.

My mathematical toolset includes mathematical modelling with ordinary, stochastic and partial differential equations. An emphasis lies on constrained systems such as differential inclusions and differential-algebraic equations. My key experties is the implementation of efficient numerical simulations for such models and the development of models in collaboration with biologists.

You can find a description of my current projects in the research section and some more general posts in my blog.

Office 03.125, Faculty of Mathematics, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, Vienna.
E-Mail: steffen.plunder@univie.ac.at

Links: GitHub/SteffenPL | ResearchGate | OCRID | LinkedIn


  1. S. Plunder, U. M. Lauer, T. Helling, S. Venturelli, L. Marongiu, Identification of viral dose and administration time in simulated phage therapy occurrencess. biorxiv.

  2. S. Plunder, B. Simeon, The mean-field limit for particle systems with uniform full-rank constraints. arxiv, [submitted]

Publications (peer reviewed)

  1. S. Plunder, B. Simeon, Coupled Systems of Linear Differential-Algebraic and Kinetic Equations with Application to the Mathematical Modelling of Muscle Tissue. In: Reis, T., Grundel, S., Schöps, S. (eds) Progress in Differential-Algebraic Equations II. Differential-Algebraic Equations Forum. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-53905-4_12, arxiv.