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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 Fall 2020, we will be meeting Wednesday from 9:00-10:00am via Zoom. We will post our updated schedule on this website once it is complete. You can follow our activities at our Twitter Account.

If you are on the listserv or part of the slack channel, 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.

Fall 2020 Schedule

August 26:
Thomas de Mondesir
Title: Automated image analysis of prion proteins with deep learning.

Sept 2:
Organizational Meeting

Sept 9:
Lihong Zhao, RTG Postdoc in Mathematical Biology
Title: Mathematical Modeling As An Interdisciplinary Tool

Sept 16:
Suzanne Sindi, Shilpa Khatri, Erica Rutter, Lihong Zhao, and Fabian Santiago
Title: COVID-19 Modeling on UC Merced's Campus

Sept 23:
Title: Summer Internship Experiences and How to Obtain Them

Sept 30:
John Hotchkiss, Ravi Goyal, Mathematica Consulting
Title: TBA

Oct 7: 
Thomas Rube
Title: TBA

Oct 14
Mikhail and Jordan
Title: TBA


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