Anna Nelson

I am a fifth year graduate student and 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.

For Fall 2018, I am a University of Utah University Teaching Assistantship recipient from the Graduate School. With this award, I am a co-mentor for the Graduate Teaching Mentorship (GTM) program in the mathematics department. The GTM program allows early graduate student instructors to participate in peer teaching mentorship, led by experienced graduate student instructors.


I am interested in using mathematical models to understand the formation of a fibrin clot within the process of blood clotting. 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.

Fibrin gel formation

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.


A. Fogelson and A. Nelson. "A kinetic model of two monomer polymerization". In preparation

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


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.

  • Spring 2019: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (Math 2250-004)
  • Summer 2018: Intro to Quantative Reasoning Online (Math 1030-090)
  • Spring 2018: Calculus II (Math 1220-002)
  • Fall 2017: Business Calculus (Math 1100-001)
  • Summer 2017: College Algebra Online (Math 1050-090)
  • 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)

Some of my teaching interests lie in:

  • Creating an equitable and humane classroom
  • Empowerment in mathematical education
  • Teaching training for graduate students
  • Active learning and group discussion



Room 305
LeRoy E. Cowles Building (LCB)


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