Gianne Derks

Professor Gianne Derks

By appointment



I graduated as an "Ingenieur in Mathematics" at the Technical University of Eindhoven in 1988 and I got my PhD from the University of Twente in 1992. In 1993/94 I was awarded a NATO Research Fellowship to do research at the University of California Santa Cruz and the MSRI in Berkeley. In the following year 1994/95, I was a Research Fellow at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 1995, I started at the University of Surrey and I am currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Research interests

  • Hamiltonian systems (ODEs and PDEs) with perturbations like dissipation and/or forcing;
  • Dissipation induced instability;
  • Inhomogeneous wave equations;
  • Stability and instability of travelling waves and front solutions, for example for (semi)-kinks in Josephson junctions or ionization waves in gas discharges;
  • Multi-symplectic systems;
  • Mathematical models in pharmacology, toxicology and metabolism (including pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics and physiology based dynamical models);
  • Cycles in sleep-wake models, endocrinology;
  • Wave dynamics in DNA-RNAP interactions;
  • I'm a member of the LMS sponsored Network on Applied Geometric Mechanics;
  • I'm on the editorial board of the Journal of Geometric Mechanics.

Further details can be found on my personal web page.


In 2018/19 I am lecturing the following module:

  • MAT3046 Game Theory for level 3 Mathematical Studies students in Semester 1 2018 (jointly with Dr Anne Skeldon).

Some suggestions for final year projects or literature reviews can be found here.

My publications


A full list of my publications and pre-prints can be found on my personal web page.