I’m Valentine Svensson, a predoc at EMBL-EBI who sometimes dabbles in mathematics and photography. My day job entails a lot of Python programming.

Background

Mathematics

When I studied mathematics I was particularly interested in Riemannian geometry, more specifically the theory of Lie groups. For my BSc thesis in mathematics at Lund University I surveyed some theorems about Lie groups, and developed a Maple program for calculating curvatures of Lie groups with left invariant metric.

The connection to Lie algebras made me continue further in the track of various associative algebras; for the MSc thesis I am trying to finish I tried to use Grassmann algebra to work with a geometrical structure called Shape space; the set of all configurations of a number of points in a linear space of a specific dimension, up to projection.

Computation

Being interested in mathematics and computers naturally leads to exposing oneself to various applications of mathematics, like numerical analysis, cryptography and computer vision.

Recently

I worked at SciLifeLab Stockholm, a scientific endeavour focusing on high throughput biology for two years. There I was an application expert in the bioinformatics group, and later an analyst in a method development project.

Currently

In October 2013 I started a PhD programme at EMBL-EBI in Cambridge at Sarah Teichmann’s group. My research is on gene expression in T-helper cells, by analyzing single cell RNA-seq and RT-qPCR data.