Susanne Pape

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Department Mathematik
Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsmathematik
Cauerstraße 11
91058 Erlangen

Mail: susanne.pape[at]
Phone:+49 (0)9131 85-67183
Office:  03.382

Research Interests

  • Mixed Integer Programming
  • Steiner Trees with Bounded Degree
  • Phlyogeny, Multiple Sequence Alignment and Protein Folding


  • 2009 - 2015: PhD-student and research assistent at TU Darmstadt and FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Dissertation: Binary Steiner Trees: Structural Results, Algorithms and an Application in Phylogeny
  • 2003-2008: Studies of Mathematics at TU Darmstadt and Trinitiy College Dublin, Diploma Thesis: Global Optimization and Linear Programming to Derive Distant Dependent Statistical Potentials in Molecular Biophysics (supervised by Prof. Dr. Kay Hamacher and Prof. Dr. Mirjam Dür)


  • F. Liers, A. Martin, S. Pape, Steiner Trees with Degree Constraints: Structural Results and Exact Solution Approach, submitted 2014
  • S. Pape, F. Hoffgaard, M. Dür, K. Hamacher, Distance Dependency And Minimum Amino Acid Alphabets for Decoy Scoring Potential, 2013, J. Comp. Chem., 34:10-20
  • S. Pape, F. Hoffgaard, K. Hamacher, Distance-Dependent Classification of Amino Acids by Information Theory, 2010, Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 78(10):2322-2328


  • July 2014, Phylogenetic Meeting 2014, Greifswald, Germany: Binary Steiner Trees and their Application in Phylogeny
  • May 2014, SIAM Conference on Optimization, San Diego, USA: Binary Steiner Trees and their Application in Biological Sequence Analysis
  • July 2013, Euro XXVI, Rom, Italy: Sequence Alignment and Binary Steiner Trees
  • August 2012, ISMP, Berlin, Germany: Computational Complexity of the Multiple Sequence Alignment Problem
  • May 2011, SIAM Conference on Optimization, Darmstadt, Germany: A Compression Algorithm for the Multiple Sequence Alignment Problem
  • July 2010, Euro XXIV, Lisbon, Portugal: Global Optimization to Predict Protein Structure and Function

Teaching Assistance

  • Kombinatorische Optimierung
  • Diskrete Optimierung
  • Analysis II englisch
  • Mathematische Verfahren der Bioinformatik
  • Fortgeschrittene Mathematik für Ökonomen
  • Mathematik I für Inf/WInf
  • Vorkurs Mathematik für Ingenieure

Supervised Thesis

  • 2014, Modellierung und Analyse des gradbeschränkten Steiner-Problems im Graphen
  • 2014, Gradbeschränkte Steinerbäume in Netzwerken
  • 2014, Heuristiken für das gradbeschränkte Steinerbaum-Problem
  • 2013, Steiner Tree Problems in Phylogeny
  • 2011, Multiple Sequence Alignment als Hidden Markov Modell
  • 2011, Approximationsalgorithmen für das Multiple Sequence Alignment Problem