Mathematical Modeling in Cancer Research
Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Abstract: Cancer research is not solely the domain of biologists, oncologists, and other physicians and scientists. Mathematicians use modeling and computer simulation to further the understanding of these diseases by developing quantitative descriptions to biological theories at various scales. The analytical and numerical results of these models can be compared to clinical and laboratory data to gain further insights. Results from these models can also be used to drive the design of in vitro or in vivo experiments and are used to develop new paradigms or to challenge existing theories. In this talk, Professor Weekes will give a taste of some mathematical and computational models used by quantitative scientists working to understand the biology and dynamics of cancer.
Biosketch: Suzanne L. Weekes is a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her research work is in numerical methods for differential equations including applications to spatio-temporal composites/dynamic materials and cancer growth. She is involved in several initiatives connecting the academic mathematics community to mathematics and statistics work done in business, industry, and government. Prof. Weekes co-directs the national PIC Math (Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences) Program, and she is a founding co-director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP). Prof. Weekes is the Chair of the Education Committee of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and serves on the SIAM Career Opportunities Committee. She is also a member of the steering committee of the BIG Math Network and is on the Mathematics Advisory Group of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE Math).