Joceline C Lega
Associate Head, Postdoctoral Programs
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Public Health
Dr. Lega's research aims to understand nonlinear phenomena and how they affect physical or biological systems around us. Her work, which is collaborative in nature, combines data-informed mathematical modeling with mathematical analysis of the models and numerical simulations. Her scientific contributions span the areas of nonlinear science, fluid dynamics, nonlinear optics, molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, geosciences, and more recently, mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Lega is a Professor of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (GIDP), and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is a member of the UA Bio 5 Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Dr. Joceline Lega is a professor of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (GIDP), and Public Health at the University of Arizona, and a member of the Bio 5 Institute. She was educated in France and graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1988. She holds a Licence (equivalent B.Sc.) and a Maîtrise (M.Sc.) in Physics, both from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (formerly Paris VI), as well as a postgraduate degree (Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies) in Dynamical Systems and Turbulence, and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from the University of Nice (1989). Prior to joining the University of Arizona in 1997, Dr. Lega was a full time scientist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Her research interests are in the modeling of nonlinear phenomena, with applications to physics, nonlinear optics, and biology. Her work combines mathematical modeling, mostly in terms of difference or differential equations, mathematical analysis of the models, and numerical simulations, each of these approaches building upon and informing the others. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals that specialize in nonlinear science, as well as in fluid dynamics, nonlinear optics, molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, geosciences, and more recently, mosquito-borne diseases. Dr. Lega is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).