# Dr Dimitra Kosta

**Affiliate**(School of Mathematics & Statistics)

## Research interests

### Research Interests

My research currently lies in algebraic statistics, phylogenetic algebraic geometry, computational commutative algebra and applied algebraic geometry.

In particular I am interested in:

*Markov and Graver bases techniques in statistics

*phylogenetics and graphical models

*maximum likelihood estimation via numerical non-linear algebra algorithms

*Statistical learning theory and algebraic geometry

My research originally lay in the area of birational geometry, where I studied the factoriality condition for special threefolds, as well as the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics for some two dimensional singular del Pezzo surfaces through log-canonical thresholds; algebro-geometric invariants used in birational geometry.

#### Research Groups

## Grants

Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust Research Support Grants, UK Applied Algebra and Geometry network, 2016-2019

Edinburgh Mathematical Society Research Support Grants, UK Applied Algebra and Geometry network, 2016-2019

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowship (50% FTE, 3 years), Funded jointly by EPSRC and the University of Edinburgh, 2014-2017

## Teaching

In spring 2020, I developed and delivered a PhD level module on Algebraic Statistics for the Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre.

## Additional information

My education and research were hosted at the University of Ioannina, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Vienna, where I gained experience at undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level. Between 2014-2017, I was a Daphne Jackson Trust Research Fellow at the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, funded jointly by EPSRC and the University of Edinburgh.

I am always happy to hear from prospective PhD students interested in the interplay of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, phylogenetics and statistics. If you are interested in a PhD under my supervision please get in touch with me. To get a better idea of my research interests you can have a look at my papers here.