Biomathematics


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Welcome

Biology is advancing at an unprecedented pace due to the emergence of high-throughput empirical methods, large-scale analysis, and increasing use of theoretical, computational and statistical models aimed at a more mechanistic understanding of biological phenomena. The UCLA Department of Biomathematics has a rich and long history in mathematical and computational biology of combining these approaches and is one of the few departments that emphasizes all of these components.

The research interests of our department range from basic to applied fields such as mathematical and statistical genetics, mathematical physiology, theoretical biophysics, evolutionary and systems biology, molecular and medical imaging, oncology, and clinical pharmacology. We foster and train undergraduates, clinical masters students, graduate students, and postdocs to understand empirical data, analyze it with cutting-edge algorithms, gain insight through the development of mechanistic, mathematical models, and collaborate with basic and clinical scientists in the design of novel, testable experiments.

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News, Events, and Seminars

Seminar: Theoretical Approaches towards HIV Vaccine Designs and Incidence Assessment

Speaker Ha Youn Lee, Ph.D.
Institution Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Keck School of Medicine, Univ. of Southern California
Date Thursday December 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Department of Biomathematics
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Seminar: Biological Regulation of Calcification and Field Theory for Inverse Problems

Speaker Joshua Chang, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Date Thursday December 04, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Feedback, Lineages and Vascular Tumor Growth

Speaker John Lowengrub, Ph.D.
Institution Professor, Department of Mathematics, UC Irvine
Date Thursday November 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematcis
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Seminar: The Interplay of Antibiotic Inhibition and Inactivation Promotes Microbial Diversity

Speaker Kalin Vetsigian, Ph.D.
Institution Asst. Prof., Dept. of Bacteriology & the Systems Biology Theme of Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
Date Thursday November 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Unexpected Responses of Disease to Global Change

Speaker Erin Mordecai, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology Dept., Univ. of N. Carolina, and N. Carolina State Univ. (Starting Asst. Prof. at Stanford in 2015)
Date Thursday November 06, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Lotka’s Dilemma, Search Strategies, and the Pace of Ecological Interactions

Speaker Andrew Hein, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Date Thursday October 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Integrative Statistical Approaches to Find Causal Variants in Post-GWAS Studies

Speaker Bogdan Pasaniuc, Ph.D.
Institution Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UCLA
Date Thursday October 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Assessing the Transmission Potential of Spillover Infections

Speaker Adam Kucharski, Ph.D.
Institution Research Fellow, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Date Thursday October 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Neural Bursts, Averaging and Canards

Speaker Martin Wechselberger, Ph.D.
Institution Associate Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney
Date Tuesday September 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Carol Newton Remembrance August 15, 2014

Carol Newton Remembrance

CAROL NEWTON REMEMBRANCE

A remembrance for Dr. Carol Newton will be held on Friday, August 15, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Hacienda Room at the UCLA Faculty Center.

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Seminar: Proximal Distance Algorithms

Speaker Ken Lange, Ph.D.
Institution Departments of Biomathematics and Human Genetics, UCLA
Date Monday August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: From Microbiology to Microcontrollers: Effective collective search strategies in T cells and robotic swarms

Speaker Melanie Moses, Ph.D.
Institution Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico
Date Thursday May 08, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: The Dynamics of Fibrin Gel Formation

Speaker James P. Keener, Ph.D.
Institution Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering, University of Utah
Date Thursday March 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Quantitative Neurologic and

Speaker Moses Wilks, Doctoral Graduate Student
Institution Department of Biomathematics
Date Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Location 24-132 Center for the Health Sciences, Morton Conference Room
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - Moses Wilks March 19, 2014

Congratulations - Moses Wilks

Congratulations to Moses Wilks who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Quantitative Neurologic and Oncologic Positron Emission Tomography: Overcoming Practical and Structural Barriers" on March 19, 2014. Doctoral committee: Henry Huang,… Read More →

Congratulations - Gabriela Cybis February 05, 2014

Congratulations - Gabriela Cybis

Congratulations to Gabriela Cybis who successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Phenotypic Bayesian phylodynamics: hierarchical graph models, antigenic clustering and latent liabilities" on February 5, 2014. Doctoral committee: Marc Suchard, M.D.,… Read More →

Seminar: Phenotypic Bayesian phylodynamics: hierarchical graph models, antigenic clustering and latent liabilities

Speaker Gabriela Cybis
Institution Doctoral Graduate Student, Department of Biomathematics, UCLA
Date Wednesday February 05, 2014 at 9:30 AM
Location 5229 Life Sciences Building
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Some Problems and Opportunities in Biomedical Informatics

Speaker Douglas Bell, M.D., Ph.D.
Institution Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, UCLA
Date Thursday December 05, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Fast Spatial Ancestry Estimation via Flexible Allele Frequency Surfaces

Speaker John Michael Ranola
Institution Doctoral Graduate Student, Department of Biomathematics, UCLA
Date Monday November 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Location Gonda Center 5303
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - John Ranola November 25, 2013

Congratulations - John Ranola

Congratulations to John Ranola who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Probability Models in Networks and Landscape Genetics" November 25, 2013. Doctoral committee: Kenneth Lange, Ph.D., (Chair), Janet Sinsheimer, Ph.D., Marc… Read More →

Seminar: Theory of Hair Bundle Motion; New Insights from the Simplest Models

Speaker Seung Ji
Institution Doctoral Graduate Student, Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCLA
Date Thursday November 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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August 26, 2013

Marc Suchard awarded 2013 COPSS President’s award

Dr. Marc Suchard is the recipient of the 2013 COPSS Award by Joint Statistical Societies. Congratulations to Dr. Marc Suchard, recipient of the 2013 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies… Read More →

August 07, 2013

Moses Wilks:1st place Award Computer & Instrumentation Council’s Young Investigators Competition

Congratulations to current graduate student Moses Wilks for winning first place award at the 2013 Computer & Instrumentation Council's Young Investigators (CaIC) competition at the Annual Meeting of the Society… Read More →

May 06, 2013

David Alexander in Nature Method 5 May 2013

Alumnus David Alexander co-authored Nature Methods article "Nonhybrid, finished microbial genome assemblies from long-read SMRT sequencing data". They have created a technology that for the first time enables researchers to… Read More →

Seminar: Integration of high throughput miRNA and mRNA data through weighted gene co-expression network analysis

Speaker David Elashoff, Ph.D.
Institution Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics, Director of the Department of Medicine Statistics Core, UCLA
Date Thursday March 07, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Large-Deviations Theory for Living Systems

Speaker D. Eric Smith, Ph.D.
Institution External Professor, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Date Thursday December 06, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Highly Accurate Consensus Sequence and Genome Assembly using PacBio® RS Sequence Data

Speaker David Alexander, Ph.D.
Institution Senior Algorithms Engineer, Pacific Biosciences, Menlo Park, CA
Date Thursday November 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Modeling Tumor Growth in an Evolving Organ: a Diffuse Domain Approach

Speaker Yao-Li Chuang, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology, Computational Biology Program, University of New Mexico
Date Thursday November 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - Joshua Chang November 11, 2012

Congratulations - Joshua Chang

Congratulations to Joshua Chang who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Cortical Spreading Depression: A Mathematical Model and Associated Inverse Problems" on November 7, 2012. Doctoral committee: Tom Chou, Ph.D. (Chair),… Read More →

Seminar: Automated measurements from images and video to enable better modeling: Vascular geometry, consumer-resource interactions, and bacterial colony sizes

Speaker Van Savage, Ph.D. and Pamela Yeh, Ph.D.
Institution V. Savage, Ph.D., Asst. Prof., UCLA Dept. of Biomathematics; P. Yeh, Ph.D., Adj. Asst. Prof., UCLA Dept. of Env. Health Sciences
Date Thursday November 01, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Evolution of Aging, Mortality and Immortality in Bacteria

Speaker Lin Chao, Ph.D.
Institution Professor, Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Date Thursday October 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: A Mathematical Model of Intimal Thickening: an Application to Atherosclerosis

Speaker Pak-Wing Fok, Ph.D.
Institution Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware
Date Thursday October 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Networks of Neurons Create Complex Dynamics: Statistical Physics and a Simple Model for the Control of Breathing

Speaker Alex Levine, Ph.D.
Institution Professor, Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Physics & Astronomy, UCLA
Date Thursday October 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Dynamic Mutation Selection Balance as an Evolutionary Attractor

Speaker Sidhartha Goyal, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Scholar, The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics,UC Santa Barbara
Date Thursday October 04, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 13-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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August 24, 2012

Suchard and Alekseyenko - Science Podcast, Aug. 24, 2012

Science Podcast Interview - August 24, 2012 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/337/6097/957/suppl/DC2 Authors include UCLA Biomathematics doctoral alumni Marc Suchard, (Class of 2002), and Alex Alekseyenko (Class of 2008). Mapping the Origins… Read More →

August 14, 2012

Suchard Wins Mitchell Prize 2011

Marc Suchard (along with co-author Philippe Lemey, Alexei Drummond and Andrew Rambaut) won the 2011 Mitchell Prize from the International Society of Bayesian Analysis for his paper entitled "Bayesian phylogeography… Read More →

Wesley Kerr - Two papers accepted for publication June 25, 2012

Wesley Kerr - Two papers accepted for publication

Congratulations to MSTP and first year Biomath graduate student Wesley Kerr for having two papers recently accepted for publicaton.

Kerr WT, Anderson A, Xia H, Braun ES, Lau EP, Cho… Read More →

Seminar: Modeling cancer stem cell state transitions and extinction

Speaker Mary Sehl, M.D., Ph.D.
Institution Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine, UCLA
Date Thursday June 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - Van Savage research group in Nature article May 30, 2012

Congratulations - Van Savage research group in Nature article

Congratulations to (L to R) Tony Dell, Van Savage and Sam Pawar. Their article “Dimensionality of consumer search space drives trophic interaction strengths” was just published in Nature <Read More →

Congratulations - Forrest Crawford May 24, 2012

Congratulations - Forrest Crawford

Congratulations to Forrest Crawford who successfully defended his doctoral thesis "General birth-death processes: probabilities, inference, and applications" on May 24, 2012. Doctoral committee: Marc Suchard, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair), Kenneth Lange,… Read More →

Carol Newton Receives Excellence in Education Award 2012 May 23, 2012

Carol Newton Receives Excellence in Education Award 2012

Carol Newton, M.D., Ph.D. was one of the recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Education Award from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in recognition of her commitment… Read More →

Seminar: Genome-Based HIV-1 Incidence Assay with High Sensitivity and Specificity

Speaker Ha Youn Lee, Ph.D.
Institution Associate Professor, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology, University of Southern California
Date Thursday May 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: CANCELLED - Network controls on diversity in human and ecological systems

Speaker Evan Economo, Ph.D.
Institution Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Michigan Society of Fellows, Univ. of Michigan
Date Thursday April 05, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Stochastic nucleation and growth

Speaker Maria Rita D'Orsogna, Ph.D.
Institution Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, CSU Northridge
Date Thursday February 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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February 09, 2012

David Alexander in Nature article - Biostatistics: Revealing analysis

Alumnus David Alexander appears in Nature, Volume:482, Pages:263–265. Date published: (09 February 2012) Nature article Read More →

Seminar: THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Speaker Eric Sobel, Ph.D.
Institution Adjunct Professor, Department of Human Genetics, UCLA
Date Thursday December 01, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Hemodynamic Optimization Parameter Evaluation for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Speaker Gene A. Bornzin, Ph.D.
Institution Vice President, Fellow, Research, St. Jude Medical, Inc., Sylmar, California
Date Thursday November 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: A Parthian shot at neutrality: revisiting the neutrality assumption for tropical tree species

Speaker Jerome Chave, Ph.D
Institution Senior Researcher (Director) at National Center for Scientific Research, France
Date Thursday November 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Using Genomes to Track the Evolution of Life on Earth and Beyond

Speaker James Lake, Ph.D.
Institution Faculty Research Lectureship, 11/3/11
Date Thursday November 03, 2011 at 3:00 PM
Location Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Sponsoring Dept 111th UCLA Faculty Research Lectureship
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Seminar: The biofluiddynamics of fungal spore and genome dispersal

Speaker Marcus Roper, Ph.D.
Institution Professor, Department of Mathematics, UCLA
Date Thursday October 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Spatially-explicit ecological dynamics in streams and rivers

Speaker Kurt Anderson, Ph.D.
Institution Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UC Riverside
Date Thursday October 13, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Scaling up the effects of physiological constraints from individuals to communities

Speaker Samraat Pawar, Ph.D.
Institution Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomathematics, UCLA
Date Thursday October 06, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Heatlh Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Using model-based methods to quantify exon-level gene expression from RNA-seq data

Speaker Zhaohui Steve Qin, Ph.D
Institution Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Date Thursday September 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 23-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - Mitchell Johnson September 06, 2011

Congratulations - Mitchell Johnson

Congratulations to Mitchell Johnson who filed his Master's thesis "Geometry and scaling in the vascular system: Theory vs MRI" on 9/6/11. Master's committee members: Dr. Van Savage, Dr. Tom Chou,… Read More →

Seminar: Geometry and scaling in the vascular system: Theory vs MRI

Speaker Mitchell Johnson
Institution Graduate Student, Department of Biomathematics, UCLA
Date Thursday September 01, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location AV-139 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Joint Analysis of Longitudinal Measurements and Competing Risks Failure Time Data”

Speaker Ning Li, Ph.D.
Institution Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Date Monday August 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM
Location 53-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Temperature Dependency of Energy and Mass Fluxes in Dynamic Energy Budget Theory.

Speaker Erik Muller, Ph.D.
Institution Associate Researcher, Marine Science Institute, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology , UC Santa Barbara
Date Thursday May 26, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Location 43-105 Center for the Health Sciences (CHS)
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Seminar: Statistical and Computational Methods for Ancestry Estimation and Variable Selection in Genome-Scale Datasets

Speaker David Alexander
Institution UCLA Department of Biomathematics
Date Friday May 06, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Location 14-214U Center for the Health Sciences
Sponsoring Dept UCLA Biomathematics
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Congratulations - David Alexander May 06, 2011

Congratulations - David Alexander

Congratulations to David H. Alexander for successfully defending his doctoral thesis "Statistical and Computatonal Methods for Ancestry Estimation and Variable Selection in Genome-Scale Datasets" on May 6, 2011. Doctoral committee:… Read More →

January 06, 2011

Eric Schadt co-author “The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain”

Alumni Eric Schadt and fellow scientists from Pacific Biosciences of California Inc. published the following article in the New England Journal of Medicine - "The Origin of the Haitian Cholera… Read More →