Faculty and Staff

Eliana Antoniou

Professor • Department of Mathematical Sciences

Eliana Antoniou is a professor and 20-year veteran of the Mathematical Sciences Department at William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, where she also served as assistant to the department chair. Her areas of specialization are applied mathematics and modeling of biological systems.
She earned her doctorate in applied mathematics with high honors through a joint program offered by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University in 2002. Her research interests span computational biology, the development of theoretical biological models, combustion theory, asymptotic methods and numerical modeling.
Antoniou’s passion for teaching is evidenced by her consistently excellent peer and student evaluations. She has received a number of awards and recognitions that highlight her passion for teaching, including an alumni award from the New Jersey Institute of Technology for excellence in teaching and research. She was featured by The Record of Woodland Park, New Jersey, as a "teacher who makes calculus interesting."
Antoniou’s research work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, including in the internationally renowned SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics. In 2014 she was one of the co-PI's of a $70,000 research grant from the PSEG Foundation entitled, "PSEG to Support the Pre-College Math, Technology and College Enrichment STEM HIGH Summer Program." Her most recent publication in the Journal of Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling, an open access journal, is a peer reviewed journal that allows maximum visibility of articles as they are available to a wide, global audience with direct accessibility. Her paper, "A Model of Hematopoietic Bone Marrow Apoptosis During Growth Factor Deprivation in Combination With a Cytokine", have been cited by other researchers several times.
She is currently working on an NSF grant proposal in collaboration with NJIT faculty entitled "Collaborative Research: Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), Data Science Corps (DSC): "Training and education of data scientists at the interface of mathematical and computer sciences" in an effort to establish and promote undergraduate research in science related fields.

Antoniou is a member of the mathematics Advisory Council at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, New Jersey. She has served for several years as director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at William Paterson University, where she established internship opportunities for young female students, field trips and a professional seminar series led by women in the fields of science and mathematics. She was the recipient of the Women of Vision Award in the faculty category for her contributions to the program, also known as WISE, during Women’s History Month. She is a board member of the Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice at William Paterson University and has served as a judge for the Gandhian Forum Writing Competition for high school students in Paterson. She also has advised the university’s Hellenic Club for 10 years. She recently has been appointed as the Academic Coordinator for LSAMP, The Garden State Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation in the College of Science and Health.

Antoniou sponsored a math club at an elementary school in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey for 2 years promoting mathematics in early education. She has served as the director of Sunday Church School at St. Athanasios Church in Paramus, New Jersey, for 8 years, and she has been the instructor for the Youth Group of Lampousa, the Cypriot-American Association that helps promote culture, traditional dance and customs of the island of Cyprus.

Languages (other than English)

Greek  Italian 


PhD Applied Mathematics, New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark, NJ


Computational Biology: Development of theoretical model to simulate bone marrow stem cells. Combustion Theory, Asymptotic Methods and Numerical Modeling: Especially interested in the development of mathematical modeling of physical systems using asymptotic and perturbation methods and numerical analysis.

Notable Courses Taught

Topics in Applied Mathematics

3049 Hennings Science East

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