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Mathematical Biology

Significant interactions between mathematics and biology began at least a century ago in population dynamics models. Today, mathematical ecology and population biology represents the confluence of two great traditions, one originating with the work of Lotka and Volterra in their study of population dynamics, and a second developed by Haldane, Fisher, and Wright to study the mechanisms of inheritance.

We have similar foundational contributions from mathematics to a variety of areas in biology: Poiseuille's Law for blood flow, the Hodgkin-Huxley model for electrophysiology, the Michaelis-Menten relation for enzyme kinetics, and the Berg and Brown model for bacterial chemotaxis are just four of many possible examples.

Powerful new techniques in molecular biology, physiology, genetics, and ecology are taking biology into a much more quantitative era. As mathemticians analyze the increasing volume of data and model increasingly more intricate biological phenomenon, we are seeing more and more how mathematics is a unifying force in biology.

Thus modern biology is calling upon a team of experts in order to continue to keep pace with the vast array of quantity information from the field and from the laboratory. Today, mathematicians with expertise as diverse as non-linear partial differential equations, dynamical systems, probability, statisitics and stochastic processes, combinatorial mathematics, graphs and networks, and low dimensional topology are engaged in this broad endeavor.

Members

Jim Michael Cushing

Jim Michael Cushing

Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Professor, Mathematics
Christina Duron

Christina Duron

Postdoctoral Research Associate I
520-621-6870
MATH 319
Alex Farrell

Alex Farrell

Postdoctoral Research Associate I
Andrew Gillette

Andrew Gillette

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Christopher Henderson

Christopher Henderson

Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Joceline C Lega

Joceline C Lega

Associate Head, Postdoctoral Programs
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Public Health
520-621-4350
ENR2 S417
Kevin Lin

Kevin Lin

Associate Head, STEM Instruction
Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Associate Professor, Cognitive Science - GIDP
Associate Professor, Mathematics
Associate Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP
Associate Professor, Statistics-GIDP
520-626-6628
MATH 606
Michael Tabor

Michael Tabor

Professor Emeritus
Joseph C Watkins

Joseph C Watkins

Chair, Statistics-GIDP
Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Genetics - GIDP
Professor, Mathematics
Professor, Public Health
Calvin Zhang-Molina

Calvin Zhang-Molina

Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP