Date: October 31 - November 1, 2020
Location: The conference wasconducted remotely this year due to COVID-19 concerns. We utilized the sococo platform that allows for personal avatars to move between rooms and sessions, interact in small groups and also participate in zoom sessions. Training sessions on the use of this platform were held prior to the Conference. Learn more about sococo: Sococo Basics - Tutorial and FAQs.
Objectives: The Twelfth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference provided opportunities for undergraduates to present their research at the interface of biology and mathematics. The conference included two plenary talks, student talks and posters, and a panel discussion on career opportunities. Faculty and students were invited to attend.
Graduate School Fair:
Online breakout rooms were available for the Graduate School Fair October 29, 30, and November 1.
Institutions participating in Graduate School Fair (pdf)
Professor & Chair, Department of Population Health Sciences, Georgia State University School of Public Health, Atlanta
The power of mathematical and statistical modeling tools to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum requires a vertebrate host and a female Anopheles mosquito to complete a full life cycle, with sexual reproduction occurring in the mosquito. While parasite dynamics within the vertebrate host, such as humans, has been studied using mathematical models, less is understood about dynamics within the mosquito, a critical component of malaria transmission dynamics. This sexual stage of the parasite life cycle allows for the production of genetically novel parasites. In the meantime, a mosquito's biology creates bottlenecks in the infecting parasites' development. We developed a two-stage stochastic model of the generation of parasite diversity within a mosquito and were able to demonstrate the importance of heterogeneity amongst parasite dynamics across a population of mosquitoes on estimates of parasite diversity. A key epidemiological parameter related to the timing of onward transmission from mosquito to vertebrate host is the extrinsic incubation period (EIP). Using simple models of within-mosquito parasite dynamics fitted to empirical data, we investigated factors influencing the EIP.
All registration fees were covered by NIMBioS.
For more information, contact:
Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS
Phone: (865) 974-4270 (Math) (865) 974-9349 (NIMBioS) Fax: (865) 974-9300