I am a Postdoctoral researcher at Danforth plant science center. I receited my PhD in Biology in July, and am currently an MS candidate in Statistics at Louisiana State University.
My research focus is modeling processes in cell biology using ordinary differential equations (ODEs). My dissertation work looks at the utility of mathematical modeling in cell biology:
- enhancing the interpretation of data given the underlying mechanism
- putting many pieces together to understand their function in system dynamics
- teaching math modeling to students to improve their confidence and autonomy
For my postdoc, I’m interested in using multi-scale dynamical models, probabilistic processes, and diffusive processes to study how plants make decisions on the assignment of energy, as well as the genetics underlying plant above- and below-ground strategies.
I am also interested in STEM education. I am particularly interested in making mathematical biology more accessible to experimentalists and the general public alike.
- My website focusing on developing collaborative relationships between mathematicians and biologists is up in its initial iteration. Feedback is greatly appreciated! You can join the database through the site. It’s fully searchable, by keyword(s) or by your profile.
- I’ll be leading a collaborative workshop on Computational Plant Biology at PB2019 in San Jose! If you can’t attend, but want to be involved, head here to access the non-attendee survey!
- I’ll be presenting a poster at the Carnegie Postdoctoral Association ECR conference that precedes Plant Biology 2019!
- I’m starting work as a postdoc at Danforth plant science center in St Louis!
- I defended my dissertation on 7/3, titled “Dynamical modeling in cell biology using ordinary differential equations”. I talked about my work modeling split luciferase in vivo, estimating enzymatic parameters with a model (first time a method is developed!), modeling the plant cell cycle and endoreplication, and my TAR research project for CIRTL!
- I attended FYIM year 3, another great collaborative format!
- My new paper on a method to determine enzymatic parameters using a math model is published in Biochemistry!
- I attended the Probability Meets Biology collaborative workshop at Bath University! It was fun and I learned a lot, a fan of this format!
- I will be leading my workshop Mathematical Plant Biology: A Collaborative Session at Plant Biology 2019
- I will be hosting my special session Current Challenges in Mathematical Biology att the Association for Women in Math Research Symposium 2019 next month
- I received a travel fellowship to attend the European Student Council Symposium in Athens, Greece next month!
- I will be presenting at Finding Your Inner Modeler year 2 this month
- My article on using Bayesian statistics to estimate parameters for a system of SDEs was accepted
- I received funding from LSU Biograds to validate my ODE-generating algorithm
- My proposed session for the Association for Women in Math research symposium in April was accepted! It will be a collaborative speed-dating session at the intersection of math and biology!
- I will be chairing the Epidemiology session at SMB next Tuesday!
- I received the Society for Mathematical Biology Education and Outreach Grant to develop my video game: “Video game for the promotion of plant biology and quantitative skill development in high school students”!
- I will be presenting my research on my ODE-generating algorithm at BAMM! later this month!
- I received the LSU McDaniel Scholarship to attend ASPB 2018!
- I will be attending SMB2018 thanks to being awarded the Landhal Travel Grant!
- Looking forward to attending a Women in Math networking event at NIMBioS!
- New simulation illustrating the relationship between available co2, absorption spectra, light energy, and photosynthesis
- My 2018 Sigma Xi Research Showcase presentation is live!
- I was featured in the April newsletter of the LSU Women in Science group!
- Blog post: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, Part 1
- New preprint: Hierarchical modeling of the effect of pre-exposure prophylaxis on HIV in the US
- Check out my interview with Dr. Huo of the University of Florida on using Bayesian statistics for meta-analysis of genomic data
- I’m going to NextProf 2018 at University of Michigan!