2017 Summer Undergraduate Capstone Conference

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August 7 - August 11, 2017
8:00AM - 5:00PM
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MBI Auditorium, Jennings Hall 355

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Add to Calendar 2017-08-07 08:00:00 2017-08-11 17:00:00 2017 Summer Undergraduate Capstone Conference

The MBI Capstone Conference offers undergraduate student researchers in the mathematical biosciences an opportunity to present their work on the national stage.

This student-centered conference features:

  • A recruitment fair for graduate studies
  • Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities
  • A social event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Talks and posters by student researchers
  • Keynote presentations will include:
    • Zachary Kilpatrick, University of Colorado – "Evidence accumulation in changing environments: Neurons, organisms, and groups"
    • Molly Maleckar, Allen Institute – "Open science: how the Allen Institute for Cell Science wants to revolutionize cell biology"
    • Catherine Stein, Case Western Reserve University – "Novel human genetic approaches to studying tuberculosis resistance"
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The MBI Capstone Conference offers undergraduate student researchers in the mathematical biosciences an opportunity to present their work on the national stage.

This student-centered conference features:

  • A recruitment fair for graduate studies
  • Panels on jobs and graduate opportunities
  • A social event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Talks and posters by student researchers
  • Keynote presentations will include:
    • Zachary Kilpatrick, University of Colorado – "Evidence accumulation in changing environments: Neurons, organisms, and groups"
    • Molly Maleckar, Allen Institute – "Open science: how the Allen Institute for Cell Science wants to revolutionize cell biology"
    • Catherine Stein, Case Western Reserve University – "Novel human genetic approaches to studying tuberculosis resistance"
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Participants and Talks

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Name Email Affiliation
Jacqueline Adams ja1656a@student.american.edu Mathematics & Statistics, American University
Erin Angelini eeangelini@gmail.com Mathematics, Pomona College
Natalia Antonova nantonov@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Dieter Armbruster armbruster@asu.edu School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University
Faith Bague-Sampson fbaguesa@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Jared Barber jarobarb@iupui.edu Mathematics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Nicholas Barendregt nwb18@case.edu Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Case Western Reserve University
Viktor Belay vb2036a@student.american.edu Mathematics and Statistics, American University
Zachary Bezemek bezemekz@msu.edu Mathematics, Michigan State University
Scott Bingham sbingham18@my.whitworth.edu Mathematics & Computer Science, Whitworth University
Emma Brewer breweree@rose-hulman.edu Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Katherine Brumberg katherine.brumberg@yale.edu Applied Mathematics, Yale University
Sydney Busch buschs@augsburg.edu Mathematics and Statistics, Augsburg College
Catherine Calder calder@stat.osu.edu Department of Statistics, The Ohio State University
Jose Celaya-Alcala jtcelayaalcala@email.arizona.edu Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona
Thabat Dahdoul tmotan@csu.fullerton.edu Mathematics, 
Owen Dougherty dougherty.owen@gmail.com NIMBios-National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, University of Tennessee
Laura Ellwein lellwein@vcu.edu Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Laura Figueroa Resa figueroaresa@email.arizona.edu Mathematics, The University of Arizona
Ryan Geib ryan_geib@my.uri.edu Mathematics, University of Rhode Island
Andrew Ghorbani abghorba@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Elizabeth Gilbert Gilbert.607@osu.edu Mathematics, The Ohio State University
Mary Gockenbach mary.gockenbach@mavs.uta.edu Mathematics, University of Texas at Arlington
Sergio Guerra Abril sg1715a@student.american.edu Mathematics and Statistics, American University
Fatme Hourani fhourani@umich.edu Mathematics, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Azher Hussain azher.hussain@merck.com Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, Merck & Co
Alexandra Jilkine ajilkine@nd.edu ACMS, University of Notre Dame
Zachary Kilpatrick zpkilpat@colorado.edu Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder
Nicole Korzeniecki nkorzeni@friars.providence.edu Biology Department and Mathematics Department, Providence College
Linoy Kotler lk8051b@student.american.edu Mathematics and Statistics, American University
Patrick LeBlanc pleblan1@nd.edu Mathematics, University of Notre Dame
Brian Lee brianwlee168@aol.com Mathematics, University of California - Irvine
Molly Maleckar mmaleck@simula.no Modeling, Allen Institute for Cell Science
Reese Martin ramartin95@gmail.com College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor University
Eli Moore eli.moore.768@my.csun.edu Mathematics, CSUN Math Department
Quiyana Murphy Quiyanamp1@gmail.com Mathematics, University of Kentucky
Kenney Ng Kenney.Ng@us.ibm.com Health Analytics, IBM Research
Jordan Pellett pellett.jordan@uwlax.edu Mathematics and Statistics, University of Wisconsin
Kollin Poindexter poinde13@msu.edu Mathematics, Michigan State University
Eric Polley Polley.Eric@mayo.edu Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic
Ezekiel Sandor zsandor123@gmail.com Mathematics, University of South Carolina
Catherine Stein catherine.stein@case.edu Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
Samuel Swanson samueljswanson@ufl.edu Mathematics, University of Florida
Katherine Thai katherine.thai@rutgers.edu Mathematics Department, Rutgers University at New Brunswick
Peter Thomas pjthomas@case.edu Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics, Case Western Reserve University
Javier Urcuyo jurcuyo@asu.edu School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University
Pedro Vasquez-Perez pedro.vasquez1@upr.edu Mathematical Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Jonathan Vo vojh1@uci.edu Mathematics, University of California, Irvine
Ryan Vogt vogtx187@umn.edu Mathematics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Samuel Weir Samweir@iupui.edu Mathematics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Adam Willerth willerth@iastate.edu Biotechnology, Iowa State University
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A mean-field model for C. elegans embryo localization 
Erin Angelini (Mathematics, Pomona College) 

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Cell polarization is an essential process for differentiating cells. In early C. elegans embryos, this polarization is conducted by the precise localization of the pronuclear complex. The developing mitotic spindle drives the rotation and translation of the pronuclei through the forced-based interactions of its composite microtubules and the cell cortex. Building on previous models, both dynamic and steady state, we introduce a steady-state model that captures a reduced version of the pronuclear dynamics. By fitting this model to data from a dynamic computational model, we find that cell geometry determines both the final orientation of the spindle and how long it takes the system to reach this steady state. Moreover, the system tends to a steady state in the regions of the cell with highest curvature. Thus, our results indicate that the cell geometry necessary for proper pronuclear localization is highly specific and curvature-driven.


Stochastic Model on the Spread of Chlamydia Trachomatis 
Natalia Antonova (Mathematics, University of California, Irvine) 

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Stochastic Modeling of Chemotherapy Treatment for Cancer with Rare Events 
Zachary Bezemek (Mathematics, Michigan State University) 

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Brainless but Smart: Investigating Decision-Making in the Slime Mold Physarum Polycephalum 
Scott Bingham (Mathematics & Computer Science, Whitworth University) 

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Modeling Chronic Vascular Responses Following a Major Arterial Occlusion 
Emma Brewer (Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) 

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Inverse probability weighting to account for selection bias 
Katherine Brumberg (Applied Mathematics, Yale University) 

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Modeling a Small Ebola Outbreak in DRC 
Sydney Busch (Mathematics and Statistics, Augsburg College) 

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One Carbon Metabolism Differences Between Men and Women of Childbearing Age 
Thabat Dahdoul (Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton) 

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Stochastic Model on the Spread of Chlamydia Trachomatis 
Andrew Ghorbani (Mathematics, University of California, Irvine) 

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Modeling Hair Cortisol as a Biomarker of Chronic Stress 
Elizabeth Gilbert (Mathematics, The Ohio State University)

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Coupling Equations to Synchronize Chaos 
Fatme Hourani (Mathematics, University of Michigan, Dearborn) 

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KEYNOTE: Evidence accumulation in changing environments: Neurons, organisms, and groups 
Zachary Kilpatrick (Mathematics, University of Houston) 

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Supply and Demand Chains of Leaf Cutter Ant Colonies 
Nicole Korzeniecki (Biology Department and Mathematics Department, Providence College) 

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Homeostasis in Biological Systems 
Patrick LeBlanc (Mathematics, University of Notre Dame) 

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KEYNOTE: Open science: how the Allen Institute for Cell Science wants to revolutionize cell biology 
Molly Maleckar 

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A Statistical Method for Determining How Closely Vegetation Bands Follow Elevation Contour Lines 
Reese Martin (College of Arts and Sciences, Baylor University) 

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Genome-Wide Complex Trait Analysis Applied to GWAS Data 
Eli Moore (Mathematics, CSUN Math Department) 

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Modeling Chronic Vascular Responses Following a Major Arterial Occlusion 
Jordan Pellett (Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) 

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Protein Classification Using Persistent Homologies 
Kollin Poindexter (Mathematics, Michigan State University) 

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Novel human genetic approaches to studying tuberculosis resistance 
Catherine Stein 

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Hodgkin Huxley Model of Action Potential Generation and Correlation in Simple Model of Homeostatic Regulation 
Pedro Vasquez-Perez (Mathematical Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez) 

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Resonance in the Locomotor Network of C. elegans 
Adam Willerth (Biotechnology, Iowa State University)

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