I am a PhD candidate in the mathematics department at the University of Utah. I work in the field of mathematical biology, under the supervision of Aaron Fogelson.

Outside of mathematics I enjoy hiking, traveling, and playing/directing handbells.


I am interested in using mathematical models to understand the formation of a fibrin clot within the process of blood clotting. Using a kinetic polymerization framework, I am currently working on how fibrin-fibrinogen interactions affect both clot time and clot structure. In general, I am passionate about using mathematical and computational tools to understand the complex biological and biophysical components in physiological processes.

During blood coagulation, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin monomers that polymerize to form a fibrin mesh. The gel or clot is formed at clot time. Fibrin-fibrinogen interactions are thought to affect clot time and clot structure early on in the clotting process. Fibrin-fibrinogen complexes (also known as soluble fibrin complexes) are also an indicator for many clotting disorders, making it an important complex to study.

At University of Utah, I am an active member of the Physiology group and the Biofluids and Biogels group and present at least twice a semester.


A. C. Nelson and A. L. Fogelson. "Modeling fibrin polymerization with fibrinogen interactions." In preparation.

A. C. Nelson, J. P. Keener, and A. L. Fogelson. "Kinetic model of two-monomer polymerization". Physical Review E, 101, 022501 (2020).

J. L. Herlin, A. C. Nelson, and M. Scheepers. "Using ciliate operations to construct chromosome phylogenies". Involve, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2016).

Recent and Upcoming Conferences

Joint Mathematics Meeting

January 15 - 18, 2020

Denver, CO

SIAM Life Sciences 2020

June 26, 2020

Virtual Conference

SIAM Annual 2020

July 6 - 10, 2020

Virtual Conference


At University of Utah, I have had the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses, including several online courses. As instructor, my responsibilites include lecture, writing quizzes and exams, and grading. Links to the course syllabi are below. During 2018-2019, I was a recipient University Teaching Assistantship recipient from the Graduate School with another graduate student, under the project, Graduate Teaching Mentor Program.

I am passionate about teaching pedagogy and training graduate student instructors in teaching best practices. I have been involved with the incoming Math Instructor Training Workshop for 3 years, and have been the lead graduate student facilitator for two years. Aimed at incoming graduate students and postdocs, the eight day long workshop includes practice lectures, workshops on campus-wide resources, and teaching pedagogy workshops.

Current teaching

In Fall 2020, I am teaching Math 2250-010, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineers. I also attend the Math Education/Teaching Seminar.

Past teaching

  • Spring 2017: College Algebra (Math 1050-004)

  • Fall 2016: College Algebra (Math 1050-007)

  • Summer 2016: Intro to Quantative Reasoning Online (Math 1030-090)

  • Spring 2016: Math 1030-090 Intro to Quantative Reasoning (Math 1030-090)

  • Fall 2015: Math 2250-014,015 Differential Equations (Lab Instructor)



Room 305
LeRoy E. Cowles Building (LCB)


anelson "at" math "dot" utah "dot" edu