Current Research Interests

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.

Recent Activities

September

  • 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.

August

July

  • 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!

June

  • I attended FYIM year 3, another great collaborative format!

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April

  • 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!

March