NIMBioS is pleased to announce the 17 participants selected for its highly competitive 2015 Summer Research Experience (SRE) program for undergraduates and teachers. Participants were selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants. The program runs for eight weeks, from June 8-July 31. Participants will come to NIMBioS on the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus to work in teams with NIMBioS postdocs and UT faculty on research at the interface of mathematics and biology.
2015 SRE participants and their assigned team projects are as follows:
Ashley Dantzler (Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Chattanooga); Margaux Hujoel (Mathematics & Computational Biology, Harvey Mudd College); Virginia Parkman (Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee); and Ayana Wild (Computer Science & Mathematics, Tennessee State Univ.) will work on a project to model canine distemper.
Talon Johnson (Mathematics, Morehouse College); Januka Khanal (Biology, Southeastern Univ.); Michael Rohly (Mathematics & Biology, Columbus State Univ.); and Nick Sirek (Honors Biology & Geology Teacher, L&N STEM Academy, Knoxville, TN) will explore stressors in host-pathogen interactions.
Ashish Gauli (Biology, Fisk Univ.); Nathan Wikle (Mathematics, Truman State Univ.); and Ryan Yan (Mathematical Biology, College of William and Mary) will investigate invasive species movements through global shipping routes.
Mariel Bedell (Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon Univ.); Yilin Lin (Applied Mathematics, Emory Univ.); and Emmie Melendez (Mathematics, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez) will model the distribution of fluid pressure in the kidney.
Riley Mummah (Biology, Statistics & Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State Univ.); Diya Sashidhar (Applied Mathematics, North Carolina State Univ.); and Jinchuan Wei (Science, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities) will develop mathematical models of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in mice.