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.

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 6 - 9, 2021


AWM Poster Session


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 not teaching, however I have attended 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