About me

Renee Hoekzema by Anneke Kerkhof I am a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Topological Data Analysis at the University of Oxford working with Heather Harrington and Helen Byrne. Before this I was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn and a postdoc at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Copenhagen. I was a DPhil student at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford, working with Ulrike Tillmann on topology of manifolds and cobordism categories. I was also a DPhil student at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Oxford working with the late Martin Brasier on morphology of Ediacaran organisms. Before that I wrote my master's thesis on quantum gravity with Renate Loll and Tom Ilmanen at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of Utrecht University.

Within mathematics I am interested in topological data analysis applied to biomedicine and also pure algebraic topology, particularly in the study of manifolds, cobordism categories and topological quantum field theories. I am also interested in creating and learning about palaeontology, physics and art.

I'm currently helping with Covid research as a part of COMBAT (COvid-19 Multi-omics Blood ATlas), Work Package 2 of Covid-19 Immunology research at Oxford.

Co-authors and collaborators

Calista Bernard

Rachael Boyd

Helen Byrne

Frankie Dunn

Heather Harrington

Maarten Kleinhans

Alex Liu

William McMahon

Mona Merling

Laura Murray

Carmen Rovi

Claudia Scheimbauer

Julia Semikina

Claudia Scheimbauer

Nathalie Wahl


Check out my podcast for 'De fascinatievolger' (in Dutch)

Check out Meromorf press from Hester Breman

Check out Picture this Maths, with among many amazing illustrations of what maths is all about, also my post on defining what topology is and explaining a bit about my research.

Check out my mother's artwork



Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (550), Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, United Kingdom