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Mathematical Biology SMART Team/Directed Study Group

Starting in Fall 2019, the mathematical biology group is officially a mathematical biology SMART Team as part of the NSF Funded NSF Funded Data-Intensive Research And Computing (DIRAC) Research Training Group (RTG).

We meet weekly to discuss reearch involving the application of mathematical tools (such as mathematical modeling, computational simulation) to the study of biological systems. Our topics cover a range of biological processes including, but not limited to, protein aggregation, population genetics & structural variation, and dynamics of marine animals.

Our group is led by Professor Suzanne Sindi ( and consists of graduate students, postdocs and faculty in the Applied Mathematics, Physics and Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate programs. 

For Spring 2020, we will be meeting Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30am in ACS 362B. We will post our updated schedule on this website once it is complete. You can follow our activities at our Twitter Account.

In-person semiars are canceled for now until further notice due to COVID-19. Seminars have moved toward remote delivery. 

If you are on the listserv, you will receive the zoom link. If you are not on the listserv but want to attend presentations, please email Prof. Erica Rutter ( for access.

Spring 2020 Schedule

January 29:
Tomas Rube 
Title: Quantifying sequence readout by transcription factors through principled analysis of high-throughput SELEX data

February 5:
Erica Rutter (Department of Applied Mathematics Assistant Professor)
Title: A Tutorial on Parameter Estimation, Sensitivity, and Identifiability

February 12:
Amandeep Kaur (Applied Mathematics Graduate Student)
Title: A Household Model of German Cockroach Infestations and their Effects on Symptoms of Atopic Asthma

February 19:
Dan Beller (Department of Physics Assistant Professor)
Title: Genetic lineage trees in populations undergoing range expansion

Febraury 26:
Akshay Paropkari (Quantitative and Systems Biology Graduate Student)
Title: Feature selection and dimension reduction for single-cell RNA-Seq based on a multinomial model (Journal Club)
Article is located here

March 4:
Jose Zamora (Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering Graduate Student)
TItle: Stochastic Spatial and Temporal Population-based Model for the Co-emergence of Vascular Patterns

March 11:

March 18:

March 25:
Spring Break (No Talk)

April 1:
CANCELED (Postponed to April 22)

April 8:
Melissa Spence (Applied Mathematics Graduate Student)
Title: Genomic Signal Processing for Structural Variant Detection in Related Individuals

April 15:
Derek Sollberger (Applied Mathematics Continuing Lecturer)
Title: R/Bioconductor Workshop for Genomic Data Analysis

April 22:
Ali Heydari (Applied Mathematics Graduate Student)
Title: Generating Realistic Single-Cell RNA-seq Data

April 29:

May 6:

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