Research Experience for Undergraduates
Mathematical Biology 2008-2009
The Mathematical Biology program at the University of Utah will be conducting a mathematical biology research project for undergraduates during the academic year.
We are looking for 1-2 math majors and 1-2 biology majors who are interested in working together in an interdisciplinary group.
Evolution of Vertebrate Respiration
Efficient respiration is essential for active animals, and species have evolved
many ways to optimize gas exchange in the lungs. One feature that distinguishes
mammalian respiration from all other vertebrate systems is the lack of nuclei in
mammalian red blood cells. Why have mammalian red blood cells evolved this way?
Does the lack of nuclei make respiration more efficient? How might the
mammalian lung differ if mammals had nuclei in their red blood cells?
This REU will examine structure-function relationships of the mammalian
lung. REU students will learn respiratory physiology and will develop
mathematical models to examine and compare gas exchange strategies in mammals
and other vertebrates. The results of this research will hopefully shed light
on functional constraints that may have been key factors in the evolution of
the mammalian lung.
If you are interested in studying a fascinating biological system and
learning how mathematics can be used to further biological understanding, this
REU is for you!
Applicants must be US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents.
Participants will be paid for their research.
To apply, submit the application form and one letter of recommendation to Kathleen Moore (LCB 214) by September 5, 2008.
A completed application will consist of:
- Application Form
- Letter of Recommendation (Have either a mathematics or biology faculty member who is familiar with your work write a letter on your behalf. Please have the faculty member send the letter directly to Kathleen Moore. Emailing the letter is fine (firstname.lastname@example.org).