Nina H. Fefferman is Professor of both Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the current Director of NIMBioS, and one of two Associate Directors of the University of Tennessee One Health Initiative. She received her A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 1999, her M.S. in Mathematics from Rutgers University in 2001, and her Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University in 2005. Her research focuses on computational and mathematical biology, with applications to epidemiology and biosecurity, conservation biology, evolutionary sociobiology, and bio-inspired algorithms.
She has led numerous research projects. Her work has been funded by NSF, NIH, DHS, DoD, USFWS, and USDA, among others. She has been lead Principal Investigator on over $4,000,000 in externally-funded projects, and contributed as co-PI on teams working on projects totaling an additional $9,800,000 in support over the past 15 years.
Fefferman has been an active member of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), and the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), each Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence. She also spent over a decade as an active member and research team leader at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS). She has served on scientific advisory panels/boards for the EPA, the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), and Los Alamos National Laboratories, and regularly consults to governmental agencies and private companies.
Fefferman is passionate about communicating both the utility and beauty of mathematics and its connections to the natural world.