Connecting Biological Data with Mathematical Models

Location: NIMBioS, Claxton Bldg., on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Program dates: June 19-23, 2017

This graduate program will have instructors from across North America whose research expertise is mathematical modeling in biological systems using real data. Some of the techniques to be covered include:

  • Maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches to inference
  • Parameter estimation
  • Model identifiability
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis

The program will include lectures on techniques and modeling using specific data sets, and there will be computer activities focusing on learning techniques and sessions to receive feedback on participants’ own research problems. Researchers from the mathematical and biological sciences will be featured speakers.

Speakers include :

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Participation is by application only. The $300 registration fee, which includes on-campus housing and meals, is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel to Knoxville. A very limited amount of travel support is available for those demonstrating need.

Who may apply? Graduate students in math, biology and related fields are encouraged to apply. NIMBioS and the other organizing institutions are committed to promoting diversity in all of their activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution.

How to apply:

  1. Click here to access our online application system
  2. Login or register to create a new account
  3. Complete your user profile (if you haven't already) Please note that the ADNIMB system gives you the option to upload a CV/resume, and the selection committee will be reviewing your CV or resume as a part of the selection process.
  4. Click on the "Apply" button to the right of the Summer Graduate Program event under "Current Events Open for Application"

Application deadline: February 3, 2017

Members of the organizing committee: Janet Best (The Ohio State University); Anmar Khadra (McGill University); Suzanne Lenhart (University of Tennessee, Knoxville); Kelly Sturner (NIMBioS); Joseph Tien (The Ohio State University)

Summer Graduate Program co-sponsors: 
Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM)

If you have questions or need more information, please contact: Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education and Outreach, at or (865) 974-4270.