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2020 Sue Geller Undergraduate Lecture

TBA (postponed)

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Reinhard Laubenbacher

Professor and Director at UConn Health
Professor of Computational Biology at Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

will present

Mathematics and Medicine

Abstract:   The use of mathematical and computational techniques in the life sciences has exploded in recent decades, driven in part by the increased availability of data at all spatial and temporal scales. In medicine, these data have enabled the calibration of mathematical and statistical models that play a key role in the rise of personalized medicine. This talk will present some examples of mathematical approaches to disease, its understanding and its treatment.

Bio of Reinhard Laubenbacher:    Dr. Laubenbacher joined the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in May 2013 as professor in the Department of Cell Biology and director of the Center for Quantitative Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Computational Biology at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Prior to these appointments, he served as a professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and the Department of Mathematics at Virginia Tech since 2001. He has held visiting positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA, and Cornell University. Current interests in Dr. Laubenbacher’s research group include the development of multi-scale computational models of disease processes, in particular the immune response to respiratory fungal pathogens, the role of iron in tumor growth, and the control of heterogeneous biofilms. Another interest is the use of advanced data science methods to analyze routinely collected healthcare data.

The Sue Geller Undergraduate Lecture Series is intended as a venue for undergraduate students to interact with a leading researcher from outside Texas A&M University who has also demonstrated a deep interest in mentoring students. Before 2018 it was known as the Mathematics Undergraduate Research Lecture Series.

Sue Geller, known to students as Dr. Sue, was Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M. She was the founder and long-time Director of Honors in Mathematics, the first department-level honors program at TAMU. She has supervised more than 100 Masters students and has mentored an uncountable (although finite) number of undergraduates. Her honors include the Ron Barnes Distinguished Service to Students Award from the Texas section of the Mathematical Association of America, and the Texas A&M University Distinguished Service Award in Individual Student Relationships.

2019 poster.
2018 poster: Judy L. Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor of Teaching Excellence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
2017 poster: Jeffrey C. Lagarias, Harold Mead Stark Collegiate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan.
2016 poster: Richard P. Stanley, Norman Levinson Professor of Applied Mathematics at MIT.
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