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


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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


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.