Seminars

Math Bio Seminar - Kate Bubar

Oct. 22, 2019

Kate Bubar, Biofrontiers Institute, University of Colorado Boulder Estimating the overlap between malaria parasite sequence reads Over half a million people die from malaria every year. The disease pathogenesis and subsequent fatality can be linked to PfEMP1, a protein encoded by var genes. Each parasite genome has sixty highly variable...

Math Bio Seminar - Lewis Baker

Oct. 15, 2019

Lewis Baker, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder Inference of Diffusion Coefficients from Single Particle Trajectories Membrane-targeting proteins are understood to diffuse on the surface of cells and occasionally associate with macromolecules integrated in the cell membrane. This association initiates reaction cascades within the cell, while introducing a...

Math Bio Seminar - Sabina Altus

Oct. 8, 2019

Sabina Altus, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder Multi-Structured Population Dynamics in Cyanobacteria Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic microorganisms with promising applications in renewable energy and agriculture as they are able to convert light energy into more stable forms of chemical energy, such as biomass, as well as kinetic energy...

Math Bio Seminar - Erin Ellefsen

Oct. 1, 2019

Erin Ellefsen Department of Applied Mathematics University of Colorado Boulder Efficiently finding steady states of nonlocal territorial models in Ecology There are certain populations of animals that tend to move in social groups. We investigate territory development of these social groups by studying a system of non-local continuum equations. However,...

Math Bio Seminar - Jacqui Wentz

Sept. 17, 2019

Jacqui Wentz Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder Singular value decomposition of the reaction-diffusion stoichiometry matrix Flux balance analysis (FBA) is a mathematical technique used to study biochemical networks. In contrast to other methods, FBA requires limited information about kinetic parameters and metabolite concentrations. Previously, we developed a...

Math Bio Seminar - Tahra Eissa

Sept. 10, 2019

Tahra Eissa Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder Biased response distributions for short observation sequences of rare events In a constantly changing world, organisms should estimate the rate that their environment changes to adequately weight evidence. However, given a limited number of observations, it is easy to vastly...

Math Bio Seminar - Harry Dudley

Sept. 3, 2019

Harry Dudley Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado Boulder Model Selection & Bioelectrochemical Systems Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) are devices that produce hydrogen from renewable organic matter, such as wastewater. These devices require less energy input than water electrolysis and have greater efficiency than fermentative hydrogen production. We present...

Mathematical Biology Seminar - Harry Dudley

Nov. 6, 2018

Differential-Algebraic Equation Models of Microbial Electrolysis Cells Microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) are an emerging technology that employs microorganisms to recover energy from organic waste in the form of hydrogen. MECs consist of two types of microbes. In these devices, bacteria on the electroactive anode biofilm oxidize (in)organic substrate and transfer...

Math Bio Seminar - Sabina Altus

Oct. 23, 2018

Multidimensional Age-Structured Modeling Carbon fixation by cyanobacteria accounts for nearly 40% of the global total. A carbon concentrating mechanism facilitates this process by gathering the cell’s available carbon supply around the key enzymes, carbonic anhydrase and RuBisCO, which are encapsulated into icosahedral nanostructures called carboxysomes. Carboxysome efficiency is thus a...

Mathematical Biology Seminar - Sara Calandrini

Sept. 25, 2018

An ALE method for large structural displacements in fluid-structure interaction simulations of venous valves Veins are blood vessels subjected to very low blood pressures, and they rely on muscle contractions and one-way valves to push blood back to the heart. The main contribution of venous valves is to prevent back...

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