I am a PhD candidate in the mathematics department at the University of Utah in the field of mathematical biology, under the supervision of Aaron Fogelson. In 2020-2021, I am on the job market and expect to graduate May 2021. My research focuses on the formation of fibrin polymer gel during blood clotting, and I am particularly interested in how interactions of the precursor molecule, fibrinogen, affects the formation of the fibrin gel.
I am committed to teaching excellence and math education, and have experience mentoring graduate students and postdocs in their teaching. I have facilitated the Instructor Training workshop for incoming math graduate students and postdocs for three years at Utah. Additionally, I co-organized a graduate student teaching mentorship program through funding from a University of Utah Teaching Assistantship.
I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Boise State University before coming to Utah. Outside of mathematics I enjoy hiking, traveling, baking, and playing/directing handbells. In Spring 2020, I gave a graduate student colloquium talk on the mathematics of handbells, and the slides can be found here.
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.
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).
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.
In Fall 2020, I am not teaching, however I have attended the Math Education/Teaching Seminar.
LeRoy E. Cowles Building (LCB)
anelson "at" math "dot" utah "dot" edu