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Graduate Studies in Mathematical Biology:

Program Description

The program offers outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary work in the application of mathematics to biology and medicine. Students can study a variety of biological topics including

o Biofilms and materials
o Biological fluid dynamics
o Cell biochemistry and physiology
o Ecology
o Epidemiology
o Organ physiology
o Pattern formation
o Population dynamics
The program also includes training in fundamental techniques of applied mathematics, including

o Numerical and computational methods
o Ordinary and partial differential equations
o Asymptotic and perturbation methods
o Dynamical systems theory and bifurcation theory

Several graduate courses are offered in mathematical biology and students are also encouraged to take applicable courses outside mathematics. We have a weekly Math Biology Seminar and several Special Interest Groups and journal clubs (including the Systems Neuroscience group meetings) that meet regularly to focus on specific areas of biology.

Facilities: The Mathematical Biology program is located on the third floor of the newly renovated Cowles Building (LCB). Every graduate student has a graphical workstation on their desk, and the computational facilities include a network of Silicon Graphics and Sun workstations and multiprocessor computers. We also maintain a small collection of journals.

The Mathematical Biology program maintains strong ties with the University's School of Medicine and the Departments of Biology and Bioengineering. These departments are internationally recognized for the excellence of their research programs.

Mathematical Background: While we anticipate that many applicants to this program will have strong training in undergraduate mathematics, people with strong quantitative backgrounds in other sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply. The program currently includes students with backgrounds in mathematics, physiology, biochemistry, fluid dyamics, computer science, resource management, and physics. Those students with deficiencies in their mathematical backgrounds will have the opportunity to take those necessary courses during their first year of the program. After core courses in differential equations, applied mathematics, and numerical methods, students will design their program of study to follow their individual interests and needs.

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