2018 Capstone Conference

(August 6,2018 - August 9,2018 )

The MBI Capstone Conference is a student-centered conference featuring talks and posters by students doing research in the mathematical biosciences, keynote talks by prominent mathematical biologists, a graduate studies recruitment event, panels on mathematical biosciences fields of research and career opportunities, and a social event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The Capstone Conference is open to all undergraduate students doing research in the mathematical biosciences, not only to students participating in the MBI REU. All accepted applicants will be given full-to-partial funding for hotel and travel!



Featured Keynote Talks:

Jonathan Rubin, Ph.D. – Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Rubin majored in Mathematics as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary and received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1996.  He was a Zassenhaus Assistant Professor and then a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at The Ohio State University before joining the University of Pittsburgh Mathematics faculty in 2000.  In addition to his Mathematics position, he is a Graduate Faculty member, a Center for Neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh Graduate Training Faculty member, a member of the Center for the Basis of Neural Cognition, an affiliate of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and a Visiting Professor in Computational Biology.  Six students have completed their Ph.Ds at Pitt under Dr. Rubin's supervision.

The general topic of Dr. Rubin’s research is spatiotemporal pattern formation in coupled cell networks.  The overall goal of this research is to understand how the intrinsic dynamics of network elements interacts with the architecture and properties of coupling to drive network activity.  Most of his work is motivated by neuroscience applications, such as understanding transitions between activity patterns in respiratory pacemaker networks or figuring out the mechanism underlying the therapeutic efficacy of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease.

Carolyn Cho, Ph.D. – Immunology Pharmacometrics Therapeutic Area Lead, Merck Research Laboratories (MRL)
Carolyn has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, applying modeling and systems biology approaches to the discovery and development of therapeutic treatments for diabetes, osteoporosis, and immunology-related disease. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and the boards of Propel Careers (past), and Mass. AWIS (past). She currently oversees modeling across the immunology pipeline at MRL, and has previously led the Systems Biology Targets group at Pfizer, was Global Head of Computational Systems Biology at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR), and has held positions at Physiome Sciences (Princeton, NJ), SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (King of Prussia, PA), and Princeton University.  Carolyn received her Ph.D. in biological physics from the University of Toronto.

Nancy McMillan, Ph.D., PMP – Resource Group Manager, Advanced Analytics, Battelle
After earning a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Muskingum University and an MS and PhD in Statistics from The Ohio State University, Dr. McMillan completed a two-year postdoc with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences then started a 23-year career at Battelle.  Over that time period she has worked and published on environmental exposure and risk assessment, transportation safety benefits, quantitative risk assessment related to CBRN terrorism, and bioinformatics (analysis of genomic data).  Dr. McMillan’s environmental, transportation, risk assessment, and bioinformatics work have all focused on providing quantitative analysis that captures uncertainty to support science-based decision-making.  Dr. McMillan is currently working primarily in digital surveillance, including analysis of unstructured text data from scientific literature and social media.  Dr. McMillan has been a group manager for 12 years.  Her first 11 years of management experience involved leading a group of first 8-10 statisticians and then a larger team focused on knowledge management and cognitive computing that included computer scientists, statisticians, applied mathematicians, and knowledge management experts.  Currently Dr. McMillan is the manager of Battelle’s Advanced Analytics capability; her group supports data science activities across Battelle’s Health, Environment & Infrastructure, National Security Division, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Defense business units.

 

Graduate Programs Represented in the Recruitment Event:

Howard University Department of Mathematics

Ohio State University Department of Biostatistics

Ohio State University Interdisciplinary Biophysics Program

Purdue University Department of Statistics

NC State University Department of Statistics

UC Irvine Department of Mathematics

University of Michigan Department of Mathematics

University of Minnesota Department of Biostatistics 

...

And other institutions to be added soon

Monday, August 6, 2018
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:45 AM
09:15 AM

Breakfast

09:15 AM
09:45 AM

MBI and Conference Introductions

09:45 AM
10:15 AM

Student Talk

10:15 AM
10:45 AM

Student Talk

10:45 AM
11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM
11:30 AM

Student Talk

11:30 AM
12:00 PM

Student Talk

12:00 PM
01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM
02:00 PM

Student Talk

02:00 PM
02:30 PM

Student Talk

02:30 PM
02:45 PM

Break

02:45 PM
04:00 PM

Keynote

04:00 PM
05:30 PM

Poster Session and Reception

05:30 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:45 AM
09:15 AM

Breakfast

09:15 AM
10:00 AM

Student Talk (Pair)

10:00 AM
10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM
11:00 AM

Student Talk (Pair)

11:00 AM
11:15 AM

Break

11:15 AM
12:00 PM

Student Talk (Pair)

12:00 PM
01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM
02:30 PM

Panel on Mathematical Biosciences Fields of Research

02:30 PM
03:00 PM

Informal Discussion with Panelists

03:00 PM
03:15 PM

Break

03:15 PM
09:00 PM

Columbus Zoo Trip and Dinner

09:00 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:45 AM
09:15 AM

Breakfast

09:15 AM
09:45 AM

Student Talk

09:45 AM
10:15 AM

Student Talk

10:15 AM
10:30 AM

Break

10:30 AM
12:00 PM

Keynote

12:00 PM
01:30 PM

Lunch Break

01:30 PM
02:00 PM

Student Talk

02:00 PM
02:30 PM

Student Talk

02:30 PM
02:45 PM

Break

02:45 PM
03:15 PM

Student Talk

03:15 PM
03:30 PM

Graduate Studies Event Introduction

03:30 PM
05:30 PM

Graduate Studies Recruitment Event

05:30 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Thursday, August 9, 2018
Time Session
08:30 AM

Shuttle to MBI

08:45 AM
09:15 AM

Breakfast

09:15 AM
10:15 AM

Panel on Career Opportunities

10:15 AM
10:45 AM

Informal Discussion with Panelists

10:45 AM
11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM
11:15 AM

Conference Photo

11:15 AM
12:30 PM

Keynote

12:30 PM

Shuttle pick-up from MBI

Name Email Affiliation
Amran, Maryam mamran@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Brown, Benjamin brown_b1@denison.edu Mathematics and Computer Science, Denison University
Carpenter, Amy acarpe01@leeu.edu Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Lee University
Cheng, Susan scheng1@andrew.cmu.edu Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
Dribki, Yassine yd226@njit.edu Mathematics, New Jersey Institute Of Technology
Harrison, Addie harram16@wfu.edu Mathematics, Wake Forest University
Haslam, Alanna ajhaslam@bowdoin.edu Mathematics, Bowdoin College
Kardadi, Sophia skardadi@nd.edu College of Science, University of Notre Dame
Madrigal, Jamie jmadr002@ucr.edu Mathematics, University of California, Riverside
Morrison, Maike maikem123@gmail.com Integrative Biology, University of Texas
Myers, Margaret maggie.myers95@gmail.com Department of Pediatrics, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Patel, Keshav keshavp0118@gmail.com Applied Mathematics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Strong, Emily ers00083@sjfc.edu Mathematics, St. John Fisher College
Torsey, Allison allison.torsey@gmail.com Mathematics, Buffalo State College