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. Nelson, A. Fogelson, and J. Keener. "A kinetic model of two monomer polymerization". Submitted.

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

Upcoming Conferences

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference

October 16 - 18, 2019

Salt Lake City, UT

AMS Western Regional Conference

November 9 - 10, 2019

Riverside, CA

Joint Mathematics Meeting

January 15 - 18, 2020

Denver, CO


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 of a University Teaching Assistantship from the Graduate School with another graduate student, under the project, Graduate Teaching Mentor Program.

Current teaching

In Fall 2020, I am not teaching. However, I do 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