Mathematical Biology and Biostatistics

Mathematical Biology focuses on the application of mathematical and statistical modeling, analysis, and computational simulation to explore a variety of biological processes. Research in AMS includes but is not limited to sleep and circadian rhythms, metabolism, endocrinology, biofluid dynamics and biochemistry of blood coagulation, microorganism motility, in-host viral dynamics, and epidemiology.

Mathematical Biology Meetings 

Mathematical Biology meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM in CH 156 as well as every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month via Zoom, joint with Dr. Victoria Booth’s research group at the University of Michigan.

Contact Dr. Cecilia Behn in advance if you are interested in attending the Zoom meetings.

Research Faculty 

Cecilia Diniz Behn

Research Group: Math Bio

  • Multiple time scales in the interactions between sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Glucose-insulin dynamics and quantifying tissue-specific insulin resistance
  • Orexin/hypocretin neurons and their role in stabilizing sleep-wake behavior
  • Stochastic and deterministic contributions to the fine architecture of sleep-wake behavior

Brennan Sprinkle


  • Brownian dynamics, Numerical methods for SDEs, Colloidal suspensions
  • Computational fluid dynamics, Immersed boundary methods
  • Simulating actin suspensions/fiber networks

Steve Pankavich

Research Groups: Math Bio, Hydrology Research Group

  • Mathematical and computational Epidemiology
  • Modeling and analysis of in-host disease dynamics
  • Multiscale modeling and simulation of nanoscale biological structures
  • Coarse-grained modeling of biomolecules