Dr Agnese Barbensi

Lecturer

Mathematics
Faculty of Science

Overview

I am an applied and computational topologist; my research is motivated and inspired by real life problems. My main focus is on understanding how shape influences behaviour, which is a common theme arising in the study of many natural systems. I have done my bachelor and master in Pisa (Italy), and my PhD and first postdoc in Oxford (UK). I then moved to Melbourne for my second postdoc, before starting my position at UQ.

Research Interests

  • Topological Data Analysis
  • Applied and physical knot theory
  • Optimal transport for structured data
  • (Hyper)network theory
  • Protein structure and folding
  • Genome 3D organisation

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Maths, University of Oxford

Publications

  • Benjamin, Katherine, Mukta, Lamisah, Moryoussef, Gabriel, Uren, Christopher, Harrington, Heather A., Tillmann, Ulrike and Barbensi, Agnese (2023). Homology of homologous knotted proteins. Journal of the Royal Society. Interface, 20 (201) ARTN 20220727, 1-8. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2022.0727

  • Barbensi, Agnese, Buck, Dorothy, Harrington, Heather A. and Lackenby, Marc (2022). Double branched covers of knotoids. Communications in Analysis and Geometry, 30 (5), 1007-1057. doi: 10.4310/CAG.2022.v30.n5.a3

  • Barbensi, Agnese, Yerolemou, Naya, Vipond, Oliver, Mahler, Barbara, Dabrowski-Tumanski, Pawel and Goundaroulis, Dimos (2021). A topological selection of folding pathways from native states of knotted proteins. Symmetry, 13 (9) ARTN 1670, 1-17. doi: 10.3390/sym13091670

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Publications

Journal Article

  • Benjamin, Katherine, Mukta, Lamisah, Moryoussef, Gabriel, Uren, Christopher, Harrington, Heather A., Tillmann, Ulrike and Barbensi, Agnese (2023). Homology of homologous knotted proteins. Journal of the Royal Society. Interface, 20 (201) ARTN 20220727, 1-8. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2022.0727

  • Barbensi, Agnese, Buck, Dorothy, Harrington, Heather A. and Lackenby, Marc (2022). Double branched covers of knotoids. Communications in Analysis and Geometry, 30 (5), 1007-1057. doi: 10.4310/CAG.2022.v30.n5.a3

  • Barbensi, Agnese, Yerolemou, Naya, Vipond, Oliver, Mahler, Barbara, Dabrowski-Tumanski, Pawel and Goundaroulis, Dimos (2021). A topological selection of folding pathways from native states of knotted proteins. Symmetry, 13 (9) ARTN 1670, 1-17. doi: 10.3390/sym13091670

  • Barbensi, Agnese and Goundaroulis, Dimos (2021). f -distance of knotoids and protein structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 477 (2246) ARTN 20200898, 1-18. doi: 10.1098/rspa.2020.0898

  • Barbensi, Agnese and Celoria, Daniele (2020). The Reidemeister graph is a complete knot invariant. Algebraic and Geometric Topology, 20 (2), 643-698. doi: 10.2140/agt.2020.20.643

  • Barbensi, Agnese, Celoria, Daniele, Harrington, Heather A., Stasiak, Andrzej and Buck, Dorothy (2020). Grid diagrams as tools to investigate knot spaces and topoisomerase-mediated simplification of DNA topology. Science Advances, 6 (9) ARTN eaay1458, 1-8. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay1458