Category Archives: viruses

NIMBioS Collaboration Targets HIV Infection

Research arising from a recent collaboration with a short-term visitor to NIMBioS and one of our senior personnel members has resulted in a publication in PLOS Computational Biology that investigates immune response to HIV infection. “Broad CTL Response in Early … Continue reading

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NIMBioS, UT researchers publish in top journal

A study on marine viruses and their implication for marine biogeochemical cycles by a group of NIMBioS- and UT-associated researchers has been published in the journal Nature Reviews Microbiology. The researchers used a biophysical scaling model of intact virus particles … Continue reading

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Kids Have a Ball With Math and Biology

How can you use an Earth beach ball to estimate the area of forest on our planet’s surface? Andersonville Elementary School students figured this out and more at the interface of math and biology on their visit last week to … Continue reading

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Gresham Middle Students Visit NIMBioS

Local middle school students took their learning beyond the bounds of their classroom on a visit to NIMBioS last week. Fifty students from Gresham Middle School‘s Beta Club, along with teachers and parent chaperones, visited the institute and participated in … Continue reading

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Malaria Paper Now Published

NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Calistus Ngonghala’s paper on periodic oscillations in a model for the dynamics of malaria transmission has been published in Mathematical Biosciences. The model differs from standard  malaria models in that the vector behavioral patterns of feeding, egg … Continue reading

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New Education Module on Mathematics of Disease

Mathematics helps scientists fight disease –that’s the subject of a new NIMBioS education module recently posted on our website.  In the module, students use manipulatives (beans in a cup) to simulate a disease outbreak and to help develop an understanding … Continue reading

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New TalkingScience Post: Epidemic!

TalkingScience now features our latest post: “Epidemic! The Handshake Game.” In the game, 4th through 8th graders learn a simple disease model by being an active participant in a mock “outbreak” of handshake disease. The game was created by Rebecca … Continue reading

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Pesky Mosquitoes: International Group Tackles Malaria

A least 300 million acute cases of malaria occur each year globally, resulting in more than a million deaths. Around 90% of these deaths occur in Africa, which explains why many of the participants in the NIMBioS Investigative Workshop on … Continue reading

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Dr. Agusto To Discuss Math Modeling and Disease

“Mathematical modeling and optimal control of transmission of avian influenza” is the topic of an April 28 joint seminar sponsored by the Maryville College Science Literacy Series and the Maryville College Math Club. The event, which is free and open … Continue reading

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To meet, greet or retreat during influenza outbreaks?

When influenza pandemics arrive, the specter of disease spread through person-to-person contact can mean that schools close, hand sanitizer sales rise, and travellers stay home. But is severing social and business interactions with our neighbors really better than taking a … Continue reading

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