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Alexandria Volkening

Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University

Dr. Alexandria Volkening is an NSF-Simons Fellow in the NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Northwestern University. Before joining Northwestern, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University for two years. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Brown University with Bjorn Sandstede and her B.S. in Math at UMBC.

When she's not studying how patterns form on fish, she develops mathematical models to explain self-organization in a range of different applications in biology and social science, spanning pedestrian crowd movement to intracellular dynamics in neurons.


  • 2019–present
    NSF-Simons Fellow, NSF-Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, Northwestern University
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral fellow, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Ohio State University


  • 2017 
    Brown University, PhD/Applied Mathematics
  • 2011 
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County, BS/Mathematics