Recent Graduates from the Mathematical Biology Program
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2017

Joe Eason
Thesis: "Modeling the Effects of Worker Rules on Territorial Conflicts in Ants"
Chair: Fred Adler
Instructor: University of Montana Western

Bhargav Karamched
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Motor-Based Intracellular Transport"
Chair: Paul Bressloff
Postdoc: University of Houston

Bin Xu
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Cell Polarization"
Chair: Paul Bressloff
Postdoc: University of Notre Dame

2016

Andrew Basinski
Thesis: "Information-Use Strategies in Ants"
Chair: Fred Adler
Postdoc: University of Idaho

Parker Childs
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Chemical Reactions: Discrepancies between Markov Chains and Mass Action Kinetics"
Chair: James Keener
BioFire Diagnostics

Cheryl Zapata-Allegro
Thesis: "Mathematical Modeling of Fibrin Gelation Dynamics and Structure Formation Under Flow"
Chair: Aaron Fogelson
BioFire Diagnostics

2015

Megan Dixon
Thesis: "Roles For Ubiquitin and Dimensional Dependence in Protein Regulation"
Chair: James Keener

2014

Ross Magi
Thesis: "Dynamics Behavior of Biological Membranes"
Chair: James Keener
Faculty: Walla Walla University

James Moore
Thesis: "Mathematical Modeling of the interaction between viral infections and the development of autoimmunity"
Chair: Fred Adler
Postdoc: Georgia Tech
Postdoc: Emory University

2013

Geoff Hunter
Thesis: "A study on the Identification, Parameterization, and Validation of Mathematical Models in Biology"
Chair: James Keener
Postdoc: Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
TribalScale

2012

Brittany Bannish
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Fibrinolysis"
Chair: Aaron Fogelson
Faculty: University of Central Oklahoma

Erica Graham
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Mechanisms Underlying Long-term Type 2 Diabetes Progression"
Chair: Fred Adler
Postdoc: NC State University
Faculty: Bryn Mawr College

Chris Remien
Thesis: "Biological Markers: Blurred in Time and Space"
Chair: Fred Adler
Postdoc: NIMBioS, Knoxville, TN
Faculty: University of Idaho

2011

Blerta Shtylla
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Chromosome Motility during Mitosis"
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: MBI, Ohio State University
Faculty: Mount Holyoke College
Faculty: Pomona College

Sean Laverty
Thesis: "Mathematical Models Of Wildlife And Human Disease: Seasonal And Immunoepidemiological Dynamics"
Chair: Frederick R. Adler
Postdoc: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA
Faculty: University of Central Oklahoma

2010

Lindsay Crowl Erickson
Thesis: "Blood Flow Dynamics: a Lattice Boltzmann-Immersed Boundary Approach"
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore CA

Giao Huynh
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Epstein-Barr virus Dynamics"
Chair: Fred Adler
Oakland University

Courtney Davis
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Memory T-Cell Compartment Size and Repertoire Dynamics"
Chair: Fred Adler
Postdoc: University of Maryland - College Park
Faculty: Pepperdine University

Zachary Kilpatrick
Thesis: “Spatially structured waves and oscillations in neuronal networks with synaptic depression and adaptation"
Chair: Paul Bressloff
Postdoc: University of Pittsburgh
Faculty: University of Houston
Faculty: University of Colorado Boulder

Karin Leiderman
Thesis: "A Mathematical Model of Blood Coagulation and Platelet Deposition Under Flow" (2010)
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Postdoc: Duke University
Faculty: UC Merced
Faculty: Colorado School of Mines

Frank Lynch
Thesis: "Mathematical Modeling of the Gastric Mucus Gel" (2010)
Chair: James P. Keener
Faculty: Occidental College
Faculty: Eastern Washington University

Jay Newby
Thesis: "Molecular Motor-Based Models of Random Intermittent Search in Dendrites" (2010)
Chair: Paul Bressloff
Postdoc: University of Oxford
Postdoc: MBI, Ohio State University
Postdoc: UNC Chapel Hill

2009

Amber Smith
Thesis: "Mathematical Models of Influenza A Virus and Streptococcus Pneumoniae Infections" (2009)
Chair: Frederick R. Adler
Postdoc: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Postdoc: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Faculty: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Nessy Tania
Thesis: "Mathematical models of calcium regulation and cardiac cells" (2009)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: University of British Columbia
Faculty: Smith College, Northampton, MA

2008

Elizabeth Doman
Thesis: "Electrical Coupling of Cardiac Cells in the Absence of Gap Junctions" (2008)
Chair: James P. Keener
BioFire Diagnostics

William Nesse
Thesis: "Random fluctuations in dynamical neural networks" (2008)
Chair: Paul C. Bressloff
Postdoc: University of Ottawa
Postdoc: University of Utah

2007

Meagan McNulty
Thesis: "Mathematical models of respiratory inflammation" (2007)
Chair: Frederick R. Adler
Postdoc: Williams and Mary College
Faculty: Virginia Military Institute

Elijah Newren
Thesis: "Enhancing the immersed boundary method : stability, volume conservation, and implicit solvers" (2007)
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Staff: Sandia National Labs

John Zobitz
Thesis: "Mathematical approaches to partition net ecosystem exchange of CO2 in a high-elevation subalpine forest" (2007)
Chair: Frederick R. Adler
Faculty: Augsburg College

2006

Young-Seon Lee
Thesis: "Mechanisms of Calcium Alternans in Cardiac Cells" (2006)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: Cornell University
Postdoc: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Andrew Oster
Thesis: "Mathematical models of cortical development" (2006)
Chair: Paul C. Bressloff
Postdoc: Mathematical Biosciences Institute-The Ohio State University
Postdoc: Ecole Normale Sup´erieure, Paris, France
Visiting Assistant Professor: Washington and Lee University
Faculty: Eastern Washington University

2005

Stefanos Folias
Thesis: "Stimulus-Induced Waves and Breathers in Synaptically Coupled Neural Networks" (2005)
Chair: Paul C. Bressloff
Postdoc: Boston University
Postdoc: University of Pittsburgh
Faculty: University of Alaska Anchorage

2004

Robert D. Guy
Thesis: "A Continuum Model of Platelet Aggregation: Closure, Computational Methods and Simulation" (2004)
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Postdoc: University of Utah
Faculty: University of California, Davis

Brynja R. Kohler
Thesis: "T Lymphocyte population dynamics in health and autoimmunity" (2004)
Chair: James P. Keener
Faculty: Utah State University

Thomas C. Robbins
Thesis: "Seed dispersal and biological invasion: A mathematical analysis" (2004)
Chair: Mark A. Lewis
Postdoc: University of Utah
BioFire Diagnostics

2003

Bradford E. Peercy
Thesis: "Models of Border Zone Arrhythmias in Acute Myocardial Ischemia" (2003)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: Rice University
Postdoc: LBM-NIDDK, NIH
Faculty: University of Maryland

Nicholas G. Cogan
Thesis: "A Model of Biofilm Growth and Structural Development" (2003)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: Tulane University
Faculty: Florida State University

2001

Eric N. Cytrynbaum
Thesis: "Using Low Dimensional Models to Understand Cardiac Arrythmias" (2001)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: University of California, Davis
Faculty: University of British Columbia

Miguel Dumett
Thesis: "A numerical method for solving anisotropic elliptic boundary value problems on irregular domains in two and three dimensions" (2001)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Faculty: University of Southern California

Chung Seon Yi
Thesis: "Mathematical models for ionic concentration changes and volume shifts during ischemia and hypoxia" (2001)
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Postdoc: Virginia Technical University
Postdoc: University of Dundee

2000 and earlier

Haoyu Yu
Thesis: "Three-dimensional computational modeling and simulation of platelet aggregation on parallel computers" (2000)
Chair: Aaron L. Fogelson
Postdoc: University of Minnesota

Andrew Kuharsky
Thesis: "Mathematical modeling of blood coagulation" (1998)
Chair: Aaron Fogelson
Postdoc: Tulane University

Timothy L. Lewis
Thesis: "Signal Propagation in Inhomogeneous Excitable Media" (1998)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: New York University
Faculty: University of California, Davis

Eric Marland
Thesis: "Dynamics of the sarcomere" (1998)
Chair: James P. Keener
Postdoc: University of California, Davis
Faculty: Appalachian State University

Recent Postdocs from the Mathematical Biology Program

Qinghai Zhang
Ph.D., Cornell University (2008)

Tyler Skorsczewski
Ph.D., University of California at Davis (2010)
Current position: Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

Samit Bhattacharyya
Ph.D., University of Calcutta (2006)
Mathematically modeling pest management problems, with special emphasis on microbial control of pest populations

Joyce Lin
Area of Interest: Electrical Modeling of Cardiac Tissue
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
Current position: Cal poly San Luis Obispo

Eric Sherwood

Sarthok Sircar
Ph.D., University of South Carolina (2009)
"Dynamics and rheology of biaxial liquid crystals"
Current position: University of Adelaide

Lingxing Yao
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Gels and Numerical Methods"
Current position: Case Western Reserve University

Mark Zajac
Ph.D., Univeristy of Notre Dame (2002)
"Modeling Convergent Extension by way of Anisotropic Differential Adhesion"
Current position: University of British Columbia

Peter Kim
Ph.D., Stanford University (2007)
"Mathematical Models of the Activation and Regulation of the Immune System"
Current position: University of Sydney

Jian Du
Ph.D., Stony Brook University (SUNY) (2007)
"Simulation of Magnetohydrodynamic Multiphase Flow"
Current position: Florida Institute of Technology

Damon Toth
Ph.D., University of Washington (2006)
"Analysis of Age-Structured Chemostat Models"
Current position: University of Utah

Berton Earnshaw
Ph.D., University of Utah (2007)
Chair: Paul C. Bressloff

Current position: Red Hat Labs, Lehi, Utah

Peter Roper
Ph.D., Loughborough University, UK (1999)
"Noise Induced Processes in Neural Systems"

Sam Isaacson
Ph.D., Courant Institute, New York University (2005)
"Stochastic Reaction-Diffusion Methods for Modeling Gene Expression and Spatially Distributed Chemical Kinetics"
Current position: Boston University

Kim Montgomery
Ph.D., Northwestern University (2004)
"Feedback control of traveling wave solutions to the complex Ginzburg Landau equation and a nonlinear analysis of the amplification properties of auditory hair cells"
Current position: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

David Goulet
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (2005)
"Mathematical Models of the Developing C.elegans Hermaphrodite Gonad"

Jonathan Forde
Ph.D., University of Michigan (2005)
"Delay Differential Equation Models in Mathematical Biology"
Current position: Hobart and William Smith Colleges

David George
Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle (2006)
"Finite Volume Methods and Adaptive Refinement for Tsunami Propagation and Inundation"
Current position: USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory

Robert D. Guy
Ph.D., University of Utah (2003)
"A Continuum Model of Platelet Aggregation: Closure, Computational Methods and Simulation"
Current position: UC Davis

Viktoria R.T. Hsu
Ph.D., University of Washington (2004)
"Ion Transport through Biological Cell Membranes: From Electro-Diffusion to Hodgkin-Huxley via a Quasi Steady-State Approach"

MunJu Kim
Ph.D., Brown University (2004)
"Hydrodynamics of Bacterial Flagella"
Current position: Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Laura A. Miller
Ph.D., Courant Institute, New York University (2004)
"A Computational Study of Flight in the Smallest Insects"
Current position: University of North Carolina