Math-Bio Seminar

Stanca Ciupe, Omar Saucedo, and I run a (mostly) weekly Math-Bio Seminar at Virginia Tech.
Seminars take place Wednesday afternoons 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM in McBryde 455.
Please send me an email if you are interested in speaking or would like to be added to the mailing list.

Affiliated Programs:

Upcoming Speakers

Please see the Mathematics Seminar Calendar for the most updated speaker information.
Seminars take place Wednesday afternoons 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM in McBryde 455.

Fall 2019 Speakers

  • The seminar series will resume in Spring 2020.


Spring 2020 Speakers

  • Max Mikel-Stites, Virginia Tech
  • Sensory asymmetry in a parasitoid fly
  • January 22, 2020

  • Whitney Mgbara, University of California, Berkeley
  • TBA
  • February 5, 2020

  • Sarah Cobey, University of Chicago
  • Joint with the EEB Seminar Series
  • TBA
  • February 13, 2020 at 3:30 - 4:45 PM

  • Jessica Conway, Penn State
  • TBA
  • April 8, 2020


Past Speakers

Fall 2019

  • Sarah Kadelka, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling the dynamics of hepatitis B antigens under RNAi therapy
  • Melody Walker, Virginia Tech
  • Simple Functional Forms to describe density dependence during aquatic mosquito development
  • November 20, 2019

  • Holly Kindsvater, Virginia Tech
  • Using evolutionary theory to inform joint priors on demographic rates of rare marine pelagic fish
  • November 13, 2019

  • David Dick, University of Western Ontario
  • Modeling the multiscale evolution of HIV-1
  • November 6, 2019

  • Xiaochu Li, Virginia Tech
  • Pattern Formation of Bacterial-Phage System
  • October 30, 2019

  • Luis Escobar, Virginia Tech
  • Biogeography and Macroecology in the Anthropocene
  • October 23, 2019

  • Jeremy Draghi, Virginia Tech
  • Narrow paths to innovation in evolutionary models of stabilizing selection and phenotypic noise
  • October 16, 2019

  • Libin Rong, University of Florida
  • Modeling HIV dynamics during suppressive therapy
  • October 9, 2019

  • John Tyson, Virginia Tech
  • A dynamical paradigm for modeling molecular regulatory networks in cells: Applied to multiple-fission cycles in the green alga Chlamydomonas
  • October 2, 2019

  • Folashade Agusto, University of Kansas
  • Optimal Control and Temperature Variations of Malaria Transmission Dynamics
  • September 11, 2019

Spring 2019

  • Erica Rutter, North Carolina State University
  • Synthesizing Data Science and Dynamical Systems to Model Biological Phenomena
  • May 8, 2019

  • Hodjat Pendar, Virginia Tech
  • Recovering indirectly measured signals in physiological systems with large datasets
  • May 1, 2019

  • Miguel Acevedo, University of Florida
  • Virulence and host heterogeneities: Complex answers from simple disease models
  • April 17, 2019

  • John McDowell, Virginia Tech
  • Mechanisms through which oomycetes make plants sick
  • April 10, 2019

  • Joel McGlothlin, Virginia Tech
  • Indirect genetic effects and the evolution of behavior in social networks
  • April 3, 2019

  • Lauren Childs, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling novel strategies to block malaria transmission
  • March 20, 2019

  • Joe Hoyt, Virginia Tech
  • Illuminating transmission: the role of cryptic connections in driving disease epidemics
  • February 20, 2019

  • Samantha Erwin, NC State University
  • Mathematical model of the effects of antibiotics on antimicrobial susceptibility of enteric bacteria
  • January 30, 2019

  • Laura Strube, Virginia Tech
  • A Mathematical Model of Translation Regulation by the Integrated Stress Response: the ISR as an Analog-Digital Mechanism Tuned by eIF2B
  • January 23, 2019

Fall 2018

  • Sivan Leviyang, Georgetown University
  • Modeling the Interferon Response to Viral Infection
  • December 5, 2018

  • Anne Brown, Virginia Tech
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations of gp120 and gp41 of HIV Env Provide Insights into Strain Specificity and the Role of the Membrane Environment
  • November 7, 2018

  • Steve Strogatz, Cornell University
  • Birth-death processes on networks: How long does it take for a fitter mutant to take over?
  • October 31, 2018

  • Jane Heffernan, York University
  • Modelling HIV progression
  • October 24, 2018

  • Jeremy Wojdak, Radford University
  • One talk, two themes: Size-dependent functional responses makes predicting simple predator-prey interactions not so simple, and a cyber-social network of mathbio educators that might make your life easier
  • October 17, 2018

  • Alethea Barbaro, Case Western University
  • An interacting particle model for the Icelandic capelin
  • September 26, 2018

  • Paul Hurtado, University of Nevada, Reno
  • A Generalized 'Linear Chain Trick' for constructing mean field ODE models with more flexible dwell time assumptions
  • September 12, 2018

  • Jake Socha, Virginia Tech
  • How butterflies and mosquitoes pump and suck (to drink)
  • September 5, 2018

  • Omar Saucedo, Ohio State University
  • Spatial Dynamics of Vector Borne Diseases
  • August 29, 2018

Spring 2018

  • Julie Blackwood, Williams College
  • Uncovering the drivers of spatial synchrony of periodical cicadas in the U.S.
  • Special Day and Time: Friday, April 20, 2017 10-11 AM

  • Colin Carlson, SESYNC
  • Death is just the beginning: reconstructing--and forecasting--extinctions with minimal data
  • April 18, 2018

  • Quinn Thomas, Virginia Tech
  • Foresting the future of Southeastern U.S. pine forests in response to climate change
  • April 4, 2018

  • Erin Mordecai, Stanford University
  • Global change and the ecology of vector-borne disease
  • March 28, 2018

  • Angie Raad, York University
  • A mathematical model predicting restored T-cell homeostasis as a major contributor to the decay in HIV persistence
  • March 21, 2018

  • Josef Uyeda, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • On the need for phylogenetic natural history
  • March 14, 2018

  • Julia Reis, Virginia Tech
  • Simulation of four respiratory viruses and inference of epidemiological parameters
  • February 14, 2018

  • Nicole Abaid, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • Model-free analyses of social dynamics: experiments with bats and humans
  • February 7, 2018

  • Kate Langwig, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Vaccine effects on heterogeneity in susceptibility and implications for population health management
  • January 24, 2018

  • Pavel Kraikivski, Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Crafting Computational Tools Capable to Reveal Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer
  • January 17, 2018

Fall 2017

  • Rebecca Segal, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Differential Equations Heal All Wounds
  • December 6, 2017

  • Deborah Shutt, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Military Institute
  • An Embedded Stochastic Model and Bayesian Estimation of Important Outbreak Characteristics for Zika in Central and South America
  • November 29, 2017

  • Melody Walker, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling allele effects in a transgenic mosquito population during range expansion
  • Zach Gajewski, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • The impact of a natural temperature regime on the growth of the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
  • November 15, 2017

  • Michael Robert, University of the Sciences
  • Emergence of dengue and Zika virus in the United States: a model-based investigation
  • November 1, 2017

  • Nicole Mideo, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
  • The evolutionary ecology of malaria transmission, a parasite‚Äôs perspective
  • Special Day and Time (Joint with EEB): Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:30-4:45 PM

  • Holly Gaff, Biological Sciences Department, Old Dominion
  • Climate change and tick-borne diseases
  • October 11, 2017

  • Ryan Nikin-Beers, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Unraveling within-host signatures of dengue infection at the population level
  • October 4, 2017

  • Gary Nave, Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • The dynamic structure of gliding animal flight
  • September 27, 2017

  • Lauren M. Childs, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling Zika Dynamics: When does sexual transmission matter?
  • September 6, 2017

Spring 2017

  • Sarah Rainey, Department of Biology, Radford
  • Modeling the impact of migration on cholera outbreaks
  • Sarah Kadelka, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Bistable dynamics between primed and tolerant states following challenge with endotoxin
  • April 26, 2017

  • Shane Ross, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • Atmospheric coherent structures and aerobiological invasions
  • April 19, 2017

  • Jon Forde, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Mathematical Model of Hepatitis B Infection
  • Special Day and Time: Thursday, April 13, 2017 4-5 PM

  • Leah Shaw, Department of Mathematics, William and Mary
  • Bistability and asymmetric dispersal in models for Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration
  • April 5, 2017

  • Skylar Hopkins, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Contact handling times create nonlinear relationships between transmission and host density
  • March 22, 2017

  • Philipp Boersch-Supan, Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida
  • Understanding determinants of albatross growth with Dynamic Energy Budget Theory
  • March 15, 2017

  • Arietta Fleming-Davies, Department of Biology, Radford
  • Host heterogeneity helps maintain diversity in an insect viral pathogen
  • February 22, 2017

  • Samantha Erwin, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling the Mechanisms by Which HIV-Associated Immunosuppression influences HPV Persistence at the Oral Mucosa
  • Ryan Nikin-Beers, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Immune Viral Dynamics of Dengue Infection
  • February 15, 2017

  • Stanca Ciupe, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling hepatitis B acute and chronic infections
  • February 8, 2017

  • Lauren M. Childs, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • A quantitative comparison of quarantine and symptom monitoring
  • February 1, 2017

Fall 2016

  • Olivia Prosper, Department of Mathematics, University of Kentucky
  • Spatial heterogeneity, host movement, and the transmission of mosquito-borne disease
  • December 7, 2016

  • Harel Dahari, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Modeling hepatitis C virus infection and treatment: from the molecular to the population level
  • November 30, 2016

  • Xueyang Feng, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • A Computational Platform to Bridge High-throughput Sequencing and Metabolic Flux Analysis
  • November 2, 2016

  • Jing Chen, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling Spatiotemporal Regulation of Mitotic Spindle Assembly Checkpoint
  • October 26, 2016

  • Julie Blackwood, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College
  • Rabies persistence in vampire bats: immunity, pathogenesis, and immigration
  • October 19, 2016

  • Kaja Abbas, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Viral and Immune System Dynamics of HIV-1, CD4+ T Cells and Macrophages during Acute, Clinically Latent and Late Phases of HIV Infection
  • October 12, 2016

  • Stanca Ciupe, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Understanding early immune responses against virus infections: do antibodies matter?
  • September 21, 2016

  • Fadoua El Moustaid, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech
  • Mathematical Modeling of Cyanobacterial Dynamics in a Chemostat
  • September 14, 2016

  • Leah Johnson, Department of Statistics, Virginia Tech
  • How Hot is Malaria? - Open challenges in evaluating the impact of climate on the transmission of vector-borne disease
  • September 7, 2016

  • Lauren M. Childs, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • The role of interconnectivity in control of an Ebola epidemic
  • August 30, 2016