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Speakers

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

Upcoming speakers


Past speakers



Seminar

Stanca Ciupe, Omar Saucedo, Michael Robert, Nicole Abaid, and Lauren Childs run a (mostly) weekly Math-Bio Seminar at Virginia Tech, where faculty, post-docs and graduate students from Virginia Tech and other universities come to share their new and exciting research. Please send Dr. Childs an email if you are interested in speaking or would like to be added to the mailing list.


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Upcoming Speakers


  • The MathBio Seminar will resume in Fall 2024.

Past Speakers


Spring 2024

  • Giulia Pullano, Georgetown University
  • Integration of high-resolution mobility data into mathematical models for public health applications
  • January 24, 2024

  • Paul Huxley, Virginia Tech
  • Trait-based approaches to predicting VBD transmission risk and understanding thermal adaptation in arthropods
  • February 7, 2024

  • Mario Julian Canon Ayala, Politécnico Grancolombiano
  • Spatio-temporal analysis of suicide attempts in Colombia from 2018 to 2020
  • February 21, 2024

  • Alex Capaldi, James Madison University
  • Agent-Based Model Predicts Rapid Evolution of Prehistoric Dogs from Wolves by Natural and Sexual Selection
  • March 13, 2024

  • Jessica Cunningham, Virginia Tech
  • A Call for Integrated Metastatic Management of Prostate Cancer
  • April 3, 2024

  • Grant Doering, Arizona State University
  • The evolution and functional implications of synchronized rhythms in ants
  • April 10, 2024

  • Xi Huo, University of Miami
  • Antimicrobial De-escalation in Intensive Care Units: Implications on Clinical Trial Design Provided by Mathematical Models
  • April 17, 2024

  • Jyotishka Datta, Virginia Tech
  • Postponed to Fall 2024
  • April 24, 2024

  • Oyita Udiani, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Predicting metabolic networks of early life microbiomes: Insights from game theory
  • May 1, 2024


Fall 2023

  • Leah LeJeune, Virginia Tech
  • Cross-immunity and transmission influences in a multistrain host-pathogen cholera model
  • September 6, 2023

  • Summer Atkins, Louisiana State University
  • Numerical Methods for Singular Control Problems in Mathematical Biology
  • September 13, 2023

  • Carrie Manore, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Climate Impacts on Infectious Diseases
  • October 4, 2023

  • Nicholas Kortessis, Wake Forest University
  • Spatio-temporal heterogeneity in host behavior and its effect on the spread of human infectious disease
  • October 11, 2023

  • Rebecca Everett, Haverford College
  • Modeling Frameworks that Integrate Disease and Ecosystem Ecology
  • October 18, 2023

  • Chadi Saad-Roy, University of California-Berkeley
  • Modelling SARS-CoV-2 immuno-epidemiological dynamics
  • November 1, 2023

  • Valerie Welborn, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling protein assemblies: the integration of information from the atomistic to the microscopic scale
  • November 8, 2023

  • Fernando Córdova, Universidad Católica del Maule
  • The beta-SEIR approach for infectious disease modeling
  • November 29, 2023

  • Huaiyang Zhong, Virginia Tech
  • From Practical Problems to Theory Development: Insights into Medical Decision Making
  • December 6, 2023


Spring 2023

  • Daniela Florez, Tulane University
  • Modeling Sustained Transmission of Wolbachia among Anopheles Mosquitoes: Implications for Malaria Control in Haiti
  • May 3, 2023

  • Lindsey Fox, Eckerd College
  • The effect of governance structures on optimal control of two-patch epidemic models
  • April 26, 2023

  • Williams Chukwu, Wake Forest University
  • Can key factors contributing to Malaria transmission be controlled? A case study West Sumba Indonesia
  • April 19, 2023

  • Tim Phan, Los Alamos National Labs
  • Integrating wastewater surveillance data with dynamic models to track and predict viral infections and beyond
  • March 29, 2023

  • Lorand Paradji, West Virginia University
  • Mathematical Modeling and Control of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Advancing Strategies for Disease Understanding and Treatment Optimization
  • March 22, 2023

  • Juan Gutierrez, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • The struggle to find a balance between mathematics and biology in multi-scale modeling
  • March 15, 2023

  • Noah Silva de Leonardi, Oregon State University
  • Epidemic dynamics with structural variation in individual reproductive number
  • March 1, 2023

  • Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University
  • Predicting transmission dynamics of infectious diseases through efficient data-driven approaches
  • February 22, 2023

  • Wes Cain, Harvard University
  • The Valveless, Tubular Hearts of Tunicates
  • February 15, 2023

  • Nora Heitzman-Breen, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling within-host and aerosol dynamics of SARS-CoV-2: the relationship with infectiousness
  • Quiyana Murphy, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Understanding neutrophil dynamics during COVID-19 infection
  • February 8, 2023


Fall 2022

  • Tijs Alleman, Ghent University
  • Extending Compartmental Models During the Covid-19 Epidemic: Lessons Learned from Two Years of Perpetual Model Development
  • December 7, 2022

  • Amanda Laubmeier, Department of Mathematics, Texas Tech University
  • Competition between two species with seasonal birth and intraguild predation
  • November 30, 2022

  • Rosemary Aogo, National Institutes of Health
  • Modeling the effect of re-exposure to flaviviruses on epidemic dynamics
  • November 16, 2022

  • Christopher Strickland, Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Using mechanistic models to advance theory in opioid use disorder epidemiology
  • November 9, 2022

  • Daniel Cortes, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Virginia Tech
  • Contractile ring composition dictates kinetics of in silico contractility
  • November 2, 2022

  • Tingting Tang, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, San Diego State University Imperial Valley
  • Identifiability of compartment model for infectious diseases under both perfect and flawed data
  • October 26, 2022

  • Baltazar Espinoza, Network Systems Science and Advanced Computing, University of Virginia
  • Modeling social complexity in epidemiology: adaptive human behavior and unequal living conditions
  • October 5, 2022

  • Navid Ghaffarzadegan, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Enhancing long-term forecasting: Learning from COVID-19 models
  • September 14, 2022

  • Zhisheng Shuai, Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida
  • Impact of Hotspot Arrangements on Disease Invasion
  • August 31, 2022


Spring 2022

  • Bahareh Bekham, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Engineering Bacteria-based MicroRobotic Swarms for Cancer Therapy
  • May 4, 2022

  • Atanaska Dobreva, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Analysis of ordinary and partial differential equation models for autoimmune hair loss and retinal metabolism
  • April 27, 2022

  • Lihong Zhao, School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced
  • Modeling and Global Sensitivity Analysis of Strategies to Mitigate Covid-19 Transmission on a Structured College Campus
  • April 20, 2022

  • Hwayeon Ryu, Department of Mathematics, Elon University
  • Bifurcation and sensitivity analysis reveal key drivers of multistability in a model of macrophage polarization
  • April 6, 2022

  • Denis Patterson, High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University
  • Spatial stochastic mean-field models and applications
  • March 30, 2022

  • Christina Edholm, Department of Mathematics, Scripps College
  • Exploring Ebola outbreaks with models incorporating different dynamics
  • March 23, 2022

  • Claus Kadelka, Department of Mathematics, Iowa State University
  • Including human behavior in infectious disease models
  • March 16, 2022

  • Angela Peace, Department of Mathematics, Texas Tech
  • Dynamical systems coupling disease and ecosystem ecology
  • March 2, 2022

  • Zhuolin Qu, Department of Mathematics, University of Texas, San Antonio
  • Modeling Immunity to Malaria with an Age-Structured PDE Framework
  • February 23, 2022


Fall 2021

  • Omar Saucedo, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Exploring the impact of “Silent Spreaders” in COVID-19 Dynamics
  • December 1, 2021

  • Laura Strube, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Role of Repeat Infection in the Dynamics of a Simple Model of Waning and Boosting Immunity
  • November 3, 2021

  • Raffaella de Vita, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech
  • From monologues to dialogues: An engineering analysis of the vagina
  • October 27, 2021

  • Jon Forde, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Hobart and William Smith College
  • Multiscale modeling of Covid vaccination and testing
  • October 13, 2021

  • Nick Ruktanonchai, Department of Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • Informing disease spread and control on complex landscapes with mobility data
  • October 6, 2021

  • Lauren Childs, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech
  • Modelling waning and boosting of COVID-19 immunity in Canada
  • September 8, 2021

Spring 2021

  • Punit Gandhi, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • A Fast-Slow Model of Banded Vegetation Pattern Formation in Drylands
  • April 21, 2021

  • Necibe Tuncer, Florida Atlantic University
  • Determining Reliable Parameter Estimates for Within-host and Within-vector models of Zika Virus
  • April 14, 2021

  • Sharon Bewick, Clemson University
  • Nested Metapopulations
  • April 7, 2021

  • Alexandria Volkening, Northwestern University
  • Modeling and measuring pattern formation in zebrafish skin
  • March 24, 2021

  • Kyle Dahlin, University of Georgia
  • Investigating the role of host competition in the spread of mosquito-borne pathogens of wildlife
  • March 3, 2021

  • Morgan Craig, University of Montreal
  • Understanding viral infection dynamics within the host using computational biology
  • February 24, 2021

  • Scott McKinley, Tulane University
  • Antibody-Mediated Immobilization of Virions in Mucus
  • February 10, 2021

  • Daniel Reeves, Fred Hutchison
  • Vaccination, not vaccines, saves lives. Modeling SARS-CoV-2 in King County WA
  • February 3, 2021

  • Claus Kadelka, Iowa State University
  • A meta-analysis of Boolean network models reveals design principles of gene regulatory networks
  • January 27, 2021

Fall 2020

  • Miranda Teboh-Ewungkem, Lehigh University
  • Mosquitoes and Diseases: A Mathematical Study of a Complex Problem involving Female Anopheles Mosquitoes and Malaria
  • November 18, 2020

  • Margaret Grogan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Non-exponentially distributed waiting times in a two-strain SITR vector-borne disease model
  • November 11, 2020

  • Rebecca Borchering, Penn State
  • Anomalous influenza seasonality in the United States and underlying mechanisms
  • November 4, 2020

  • Suzanne Robertson, VCU
  • Neighborhood control of vector-borne disease
  • October 28, 2020

  • Veronica Ciocanel, Duke University
  • Modeling and data analysis for intracellular protein organization
  • October 14, 2020

  • Andreas Handel, University of Georgia
  • COVID-19: Modeling, Visualization and Data Analysis
  • October 7, 2020

  • Paul Macklin, Indiana University
  • Hybrid continuum-discrete modeling of SARS-CoV-2 infection dynamics and immune response in tissues
  • September 30, 2020

  • Wasiur KhudaBukhsh, MBI, Ohio State University
  • Incorporating age and delay into models for biophysical systems
  • September 23, 2020

  • Yangyang Wang, University of Iowa
  • Complex Bursting Patterns in an Embryonic Respiratory Neuron Model
  • September 16, 2020

Spring 2020

  • Shelby Wilson, University of Maryland
  • Social Organization and its Effects on Disease Spread
  • May 6, 2020

  • Iulia Lazar, Virginia Tech
  • Using mass spectrometry and proteomics for addressing relevant topics in cancer research
  • April 22, 2020

  • T. Murali, Virginia Tech
  • How to build regulatory networks from single-cell gene expression data
  • April 15, 2020

  • Sean McMahon, Virginia Tech
  • Modeling growth-mediated motility in Clostridium perfringens
  • April 1, 2020

  • Omar Saucedo, Virginia Tech
  • Searching for Superspreaders: Identifying Epidemic Patterns Associated with Superspreading Events in Stochastic Models
  • March 25, 2020

  • Lubna Pinky, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
  • Kinetics of Parainfluenza Virus Infection
  • March 4, 2020

  • Sarah Cobey, University of Chicago
  • Joint with the EEB Seminar Series
  • Immune memory, vaccination, and the dynamics of selection on Influenza viruses
  • February 13, 2020 at 3:30 - 4:45 PM, Derring 4069

  • Whitney Mgbara, University of California, Berkeley
  • Modeling the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic in Montreal, Canada using an SEIR framework
  • February 5, 2020

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

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’s 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