NIMBioS Affiliates

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University of Tennessee Affiliates

Shigetoshi Eda: 

School of Natural Resources: Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries + Microbiology        

Infectious diseases, immunology, epidemiology, mathematical modeling, on-site diagnosis

Xiaobing Feng:


Numerical analysis and scientific computing with a focus on numerical methods for (nonlinear) partial differential equations which arise from biology, engineering and physics

James Fordyce:          


Evolutionary ecology, plant-insect interactions

Heidi  Goodrich-Blair:            



Matt Gray: 

School of Natural Resources: Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries      

Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Wetland Ecology

Kimberly Gwinn: 

Entomology and Plant Pathology             

Crop and Pasture Production, Microbiology, Plant Biology, Zoology, Ecological Applications, Horticultural Production, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology, Medical Microbiology

Tian Hong:        


Complex biological processes, including development, disease progression and immune response

Yetta Jager :           

EEB. ORNL Environmental Science Div.      

Theoretical Ecology, Conservation Biology

Michael Langston:           


Big data analytics, graph theory, life science applications

Brian O'Meara:        


Phylogenetics, macroevolution

Agricola Odoi:

Comparative Medicine  

GIS and spatial epidemiology in veterinary and public health

Olivia Prosper:        


Infectious disease, modeling, population-dynamics

Kimberly Sheldon:        


Biogeography, physiological ecology, tropical ecology

Jeremy Smith:          

BCMB; UT/ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics    

Biological, environmental, physical, computational and neutron sciences; high-performance simulations

Christopher Strickland:           


Math modeling, complex systems, population ecology, computational/data-driven math

David Talmy:            


Microbial ecology, oceanography, biogeochemistry

Albrecht von Arnim:       


Regulation of protein synthesis (mRNA translation)

Sebastian Stockmaier:


Behavioral disease ecology, infection-induced behaviors, cross-species transmission


External Affiliates

  • Lydia Bourouiba:

MIT, Biofluidics Engineer

  • K. Selcuk Candan:

ASU, Computer Scientist

  • Sadie Ryan:        

UFL, Medical Geographer

  • Yana Bromberg:         

Emory, Bio-informaticist    

  • Gerardo Chowell:

GSU, Epidemiologist      

  • David Finnoff:

University of Wyoming, Economist            

  • Huan Liu:

ASU, Computer Science Engineer

  • Eric Lofgren:         

WSU, Epidemiological Modeler    

  • James Moody:           

Duke, Sociologist

  • Dana Pasquale:

Duke, Population Health Scientist

  • Michael Reed:

Tufts, Conservation Biologist 

  • Heather Szabo-Rogers:

University of Saskatchewan, Developmental Biologist

Quantitative Bioscience at the University of Tennessee

A world-leader in quantitative bioscience disciplines, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers multiple routes to success for graduate education in quantitative connections to the life sciences. UT has a long history as one of the world's largest collections of faculty in quantitative bioscience, located in a variety of departments and research labs across campus. 

As the land-grant institution for Tennessee, there are numerous connections to agricultural and veterinary sciences available. Students also benefit from close contacts between UT and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Convergence research across mathematics, statistics, computational and data science is building new frameworks and novel ways for problem solving in the life sciences. Over the past decade, NIMBioS has fostered these efforts to develop cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary collaborative connections that address the vast array of challenging questions at the interface of the quantitative and life sciences.

If you'd like to learn more or get involved, please contact us. 


Our mission is to foster the growth of transdisciplinary approaches within mathematics and biology


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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Any options, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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