2015 Summer Undergraduate Program

The goal of this MBI NSF-funded program is to introduce students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology, to involve them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors, and to increase their interest in mathematical biology. The program consists of three parts - each including a mix of educational and social experiences:

  • One-week introduction: A one-week introduciton to the summer research experience with tutorials, lab tours, and computer labs on mathematical biosciences topics.

  • REU Program: An 8 week individualized research experience as part of a research team at one of the participating host institutions preceded by a one-week introduction at the MBI.

  • Capstone Conference: A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by students doing research in mathematical biology, keynotes by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies recruitment fair, and other special features including a conference dinner and social event. 



Arizona State University

  • Patient-based models to estimate treatment outcome in prostatic cancer patients - Faculty Mentors: Yang Kuang, and Fabio Milner; Student: Maria Peters
  • Modeling mouse glioma - Faculty Mentor: Eric Kostelich; Student: Acara Turner

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

  • A Bacterial Serengeti - Faculty Mentor: Steve Presse; Student: Corey Weistuch
  • Respiratory-sympathetic coupling in neurogenic hypertension - Faculty Mentor: Yaroslav Molkov; Student: Sharon Freshour

The Ohio State University

  • Statistical shape analysis – Faculty Mentor: Sebastian Kurtek; Student: Robert MacKay
  • Modeling afferents of central pattern generators – Faculty Mentor: Janet Best; Student: Evan North

Penn State University

  • Evaluating vaccination strategies leading to herd immunity in models of disease dynamics with application to measles - Faculty Mentor: John Fricks; Students: Emily Nguyen and Amanda Reeder
  • Non-stationary models for estimating evolutionary relationships - Faculty Mentor: Dennis Pearl; Student: Rebecca Thiem

University of Pittsburgh

  • Understanding how patterned activity arises in biological systems - Faculty Mentor: Bard Ermentrout; Student: Alex Mercanti
  • Modeling the actions of the piriform cortex in odor detection - Faculty Mentor: Brent Doiron; Student: Taleah Tyrell

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute

  • Mathematic Modeling and Integrative Analysis of Epigenetic Heterogeneity - Faculty Mentor: Hehuang (David) Xie; Students: Benjamin Bunnell and Adam Walder
  • Modeling mucosal immune responses - Faculty Mentor: Josep Bassaganya-Riera; Student: John Caughman