Women Advancing Mathematical Biology: Understanding Complex Biological Systems with Mathematics

(April 24,2017 - April 28,2017 )

Organizers


Ami Radunskaya
Mathematics, Pomona College
Rebecca Segal
Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Blerta Shtylla
Mathematics, Pomona College

This workshop will tackle a variety of biological and medical questions using mathematical models to understand complex system dynamics. Working in collaborative teams of 4-5, each with a senior research mentor, participants will spend a week making significant progress with a research project and foster innovation in the application of mathematical, statistical, and computational methods in the resolution of significant problems in the biosciences. By matching senior research mentors with junior mathematicians, the workshop will expand and support the community of scholars in mathematical biosciences. In addition to the modeling goals, an aim of this workshop is to foster research collaboration among women in mathematical biology. Results from the workshop will be published in a peer-reviewed volume, highlighting the contributions of the newly-formed collaborative groups. Previous workshops in this series have occurred at IMA and NIMBioS.

This workshop will have a special format designed to facilitate effective collaborations.

  • Six senior women working in mathematical biology will present a problem and lead a research group.
  • Each group leader will choose a more junior co-leader, someone with whom they do not have a long-standing collaboration, but who has enough experience to take on a leadership role.
  • Additional team members will be chosen from applicants and invitees. We anticipate a total of five or six people per group.
  • It is expected that each group will continue to work on their project together after the workshop, and that they will submit results to the Proceedings volume for the workshop.

The benefit of such a structured program with leaders, projects and working groups planned in advance is based on the successful WIN, Women In Numbers, conferences and is intended to provide vertically integrated mentoring: senior women will meet, mentor, and collaborate with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and junior women and graduate students will develop their network of colleagues and supporters and encounter important new research areas to work in, thereby fostering a successful research career. This workshop is sponsored in part by Microsoft Research.

This workshop is partially supported by NSF-HRD 1500481 - AWM ADVANCE grant.

List of Projects

LeadersCo-leadersTopic
Linda Allen Angela Peace Stochastic modeling of infectious diseases
Jen-Mei Chang Kellie Archer and Karamatou Djima Explaining Autism Spectrum Disorder with Placenta
Nina Fefferman Shelby Wilson Ectoparasites and Allogrooming: Evolutionary Trade-offs in Animal Community Health
Holly Gaff Gaby Hamerlinck Modeling Argasid Ticks
Laura Miller Wanda Strychalski Mechanics of super-fast nematocyst firing
Helen Moore Nessy Tania Disease and Combination Therapy Dynamics

Detailed descriptions of each of the projects are available here.

The deadline to apply for this event is Saturday, December 10th, 2016.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Breakfast

09:00 AM
09:30 AM

Greetings from the organizers and intro from MBI staff

09:30 AM
10:30 AM

Lightning Problem Presentations, Groups 1-3 (15 min. each)

10:30 AM
11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Lightning Problem Presentations, Groups 4-5 (15 min. each)

12:00 PM
12:30 PM

Introduction of other participants, and logistics

12:30 PM
02:00 PM

Lunch Break

02:00 PM
05:00 PM

Work on problems in groups

05:00 PM
06:30 PM

Reception and hors d'oeuvres

06:30 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Breakfast

09:00 AM
05:00 PM

Work on problems in groups. Ami, Rebecca, Blerta to visit groups to check-in

05:00 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Breakfast

09:00 AM
12:00 PM

Work on problems in groups

12:00 PM
01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM
03:00 PM

Feedback session. Subset A: Groups 1, 3, 5; Subset B: Groups 2, 4, 6

03:00 PM
05:00 PM

Work on problems in groups

05:00 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Breakfast

09:00 AM
05:00 PM

Work on problems in groups

05:00 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Friday, April 28, 2017
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:30 AM
09:00 AM

Breakfast

09:00 AM
10:00 AM

Groups 1-3 present (20 minutes each)

10:00 AM
10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM
11:30 AM

Groups 4-6 present

11:30 AM
12:30 PM

Discuss Springer volume - organize follow-up

12:30 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI (One to airport and one back to hotel)

Name Email Affiliation
Allen, Linda linda.j.allen@ttu.edu Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University
Anghel, Catalina catalina.anghel@alum.utoronto.ca Genome Center, University of California, Davis
Archer, Kellie archer.43@osu.edu Biostatistics, The Ohio State University
Brooks, Heather heather@math.utah.edu Mathematics, University of Utah
Bryant, Sarah sarahbryant456@gmail.com Mathematics, Shippensburg University
Chang, Jen-Mei Jen-Mei.Chang@csulb.edu Mathematics and Statistics, California State University, Long Beach
Clifton, Sara sclifton@u.northwestern.edu Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University
Cochran, Amy cochraam@umich.edu Mathematics, University of Michigan
Davis, Courtney courtney.davis2@pepperdine.edu Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University
Edholm, Christina cedholm@utk.edu Mathematics, University of Tennessee
Emerenini, Blessing bemeren@ryerson.ca Biomedical Physics, Physics department, Ryerson Polytechnical University
Erwin, Samantha sherwin@vt.edu Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Fefferman, Nina nina.h.fefferman@gmail.com Mathematics & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
Gaff, Holly hgaff@odu.edu Biological Sciences, Old Dominion University
Gallaher, Jill jill.gallaher@moffitt.org Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
Hamerlinck, Gabriela gaby.hamerlinck@bioquest.org QUBES, BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, Inc.
Hohn, Maryann Statistics and Applied Probability, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jadamba, Baasansuren bxjsma@rit.edu School of Mathematical Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology
Kilikian, Virginia virginia_kilikian@brown.edu Applied Mathematics, Brown University
Larripa, Kamila kamila.larripa@gmail.com Mathematics, Humboldt State University
Miller, Laura lam9@email.unc.edu Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moore, Helen helen.moore@bms.com Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Murillo, Anarina amurillo@uab.edu Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Peace, Angela a.peace@ttu.edu Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University
Price, Candice cprice@sandiego.edu Mathematics, University of San Diego
Radulescu, Anca radulesa@newpaltz.edu Mathematics, SUNY at New Paltz
Radunskaya, Ami aradunskaya@pomona.edu Mathematics, Pomona College
Renardy, Marissa renardy.1@osu.edu Mathematics, The Ohio State University
Sadre-Marandi, Farrah sadre-marandi.1@mbi.osu.edu Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University
Saucedo , Omar saucedo.10@mbi.osu.edu Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University
Segal, Rebecca rasegal@vcu.edu Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Shahriyari, Leili shahriyari.1@mbi.osu.edu Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University
Shakiba, Nika nika.shakiba@utoronto.ca Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), University of Toronto
Shtylla, Blerta shtyllab@pomona.edu Mathematics, Pomona College
Sindi, Suzanne ssindi@ucmerced.edu Applied Mathematics, University of California, Merced
Strychalski, Wanda wanda.strychalski@case.edu Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics, Case Western Reserve University
Tania, Nessy ntania@smith.edu Mathematics & Statistics, Smith College
Turner, Rebecca rm.turner@auckland.ac.nz Mathematics, University of Auckland
Veprauskas, Amy aveprauskas@math.arizona.edu Mathematics, University of Louisiana--Lafayette
Wang, Xueying xueying@math.wsu.edu Mathematics, Washington State University
Wang, Yangyang wang.9737@mbi.osu.edu Mathematical Biosciences Institute, The Ohio State University
Wei, Ning nwei@math.duke.edu Mathematics, Duke University
White, Diana dtwhite@clarkson.edu Mathematics, Clarkson University
Williams, Nakeya nakeya.williams@usma.edu Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy
Wilson, Shelby shelby.wilson@morehouse.edu Mathematics, Morehouse College
Wood, Karen kewood@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Yacoubou Djima, Karamatou kyacouboudjima@amherst.edu Mathematics and Statistics, Amherst College
Zhang, Wenjing wenjing.zhang@ttu.edu Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University
Zhong, Lan lanzhong@udel.edu Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware