Subject: Society for Mathematical Biology Digest

SMB Digest  October 26, Volume 16  Issue 43
ISSN 1086-6566

Editor: Wandi Ding: ding.smb.digest(at)gmail(dot)com

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Issue's Topics:
   Conference: LATA 2017, Deadline Extended
   Workshop: DSABNS 2017, Portugal, Jan 31-Feb 3, 2017
   Keystone Symposia: Rare Disease Conference, March 5-8, 2017
   CfP: SMB Subgroup on Tumor-Immune Dynamics
   BMB New Issue, Vol 78, Issue 10
   MBE New Issue, Vol 14, No 2
   MBE New Issue, Vol 14, No 1
   Wiley New Issue: Systems Biology and Medicine, Vol 8, Issue 6
   MSc & PhD positions: Math Biology, Memorial U of Newfoundland
   PhD Scholarship: System Biology and Immnune..., UNSW, Australia
   PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Germany
   PhD Position: Theoretical Immunology, Utrecht U
   PhD Position: Systems Immunology, Cardiff U
   Postdoc Position: Computational Biology, Kansas State U
   Faculty Positions: Applied Math, U of Waterloo
   Faculty Position: Math Biology/Biostats, U of Houston
   SMBnet Reminders


From: GRLMC <>
Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Subject: Conference: LATA 2017, Deadline Extended


APPLICATIONS, LATA 2017, Umeå, Sweden, March 6-10, 2017


From: Maira Aguiar <>
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 1:27 PM
Subject: Workshop: DSABNS 2017, Portugal, Jan 31-Feb 3, 2017

The purpose of this email is to invite you, on behalf of the Organizers, 
to participate at the upcoming DSABNS 2017.

The Eighth Workshop Dynamical Systems Applied to Biology and Natural 
Sciences will be held at Colégio do Espirito Santo of Évora University in 
Portugal, from January 31st to February 3, 2017.

The workshop has both theoretical methods and practical applications and 
the abstracts included in the program will cover research topics in 
population dynamics, eco-epidemiology, epidemiology of infectious 
diseases, molecular and antigenic evolution and methodical topics in the 
natural sciences and mathematics. The program includes lectures by the 
invited speakers, contributed talks and poster session by the participants.

The workshop does not charge registration fee.

Participants are kindly requested to register by 15 January 2017. If you 
intend to participate, please visit

and register at


From: <>
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 6:11 PM
Subject: Keystone Symposia: Rare Disease Conference, March 5-8, 2017

Keystone Symposia: Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases: Discovery and Models
of Precision Therapy. Please see details at:


From: Amina Eladdadi<>
Date: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 6:40 AM
Subject: CfP: SMB Subgroup on Tumor-Immune Dynamics

We'd like to invite you to join us in the creation of the SMB Subgroup
on Tumor-Immune Dynamics by signing this petition:

This subgroup will be charged with the advancement and dissemination
of knowledge of the Tumor-Immune Dynamics topic. It will also be
eligible to receive support to partially sponsor the participation of
speakers in the subgroup symposia at the SMB Annual Meeting.

Co-chairs: Amina Eladdadi, Lisette de Pillis and Peter Kim


From: Springer <>
Date: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM
Subject: BMB New Issue, Vol 78, Issue 10

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, Vol. 78, Issue 10 - New Issue Alert


From: Liwei Ning <>
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM
Subject: MBE New Issue, Vol 14, No 2

New issue of Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering (MBE) is now online.

Volume: 14, Number: 2 April 2017


From: Liwei Ning <>
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM
Subject: MBE New Issue, Vol 14, No 1

New issue of Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering (MBE) is now online.

Volume: 14, Number: 1 February 2017


From: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: <>
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Subject: Wiley New Issue: Systems Biology and Medicine, Vol 8, Issue 6

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Systems Biology and Medicine

Volume 8, Issue 6 Pages i-i, 469-535, November/December 2016


From: Amy Hurford <>
Date: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 7:29 PM
Subject: MSc & PhD positions: Math Biology, Memorial U of Newfoundland

M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions: Mathematical biology-Memorial University of

I invite applicants for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in mathematical biology. 
Possible research topics include the ecology and evolution of infectious 
disease, animal movement models, and population biology in changing 

A competitive salary will be offered with additional funding available 
for conference travel. Interdisciplinary training in biology, mathematics 
and/or experience in computer programming is ideal, but only proficiency 
in one of these areas is necessary where there is an interest to develop 
further skills in the other areas.
Applicants should email Dr. Amy Hurford ( This email 
should include: (i) 1-2 paragraphs describing your research interests and 
any relevant past experience, (ii) your CV, and (iii) unofficial 
transcripts pertaining to your previous or ongoing studies (if possible). 
I will consider applications as they are received. For full consideration 
applicants should indicate their interest before November 15, 2016. 
Applicants should be able to begin their studies in May or September,2017.

Memorial University is located in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The 
city offers many unique experiences with a vibrant arts community, 
stunning coastline, and proximity to a variety of outdoor activities 
(hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, etc:


From: Fabio Luciani <>
Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 11:20 PM
Subject: PhD Scholarship: System Biology and Immnune..., UNSW, Australia

An exciting opportunity is available at the Viral Immunology Systems 
Program (VISP) at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South 
Wales, Sydney Australia.

A PhD scholarship is available to undertake research on T cell responses 
in human infections using systems biology and immune-virology approaches.

The specific aim of this project is to apply single cell techniques to 
identify new gene and surface protein signatures of T cell sub-populations 
associated with successful establishment of long-term immunological 

Applications are invited from talented students from quantitative 
disciplines with background in either Physics, Statistics Mathematics, or 
computationally based disciplines: computer science, bioinformatics.

Further information about VISP can be found at:

The scholarship is supported by the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program, 
which includes a PhD stipend of AU $40,000 per annum, as well as tuition 
fees. The scholarship is up to 4 years.

Selection Criteria

Good programming skill in at least one language (e.g., R, Perl, C++ or 
Java) is essential. Previous experience in analysis of next generation 
sequencing data is highly desirable.
Meet the minimum PhD entry requirements of UNSW Australia.
Demonstrate active research activity with evidence of scientific 

Contact Dr Fabio Luciani,


From: Esteban Vargas <>
Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Subject: PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Germany

The new group of Systems Medicine at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced 
Studies invites applications for two full-time PhD positions in 
Computational biology. 

The successful candidate will receive a scholarship for 3 years.
Major duties:
* Develop mathematical models describing diseases using deterministic 
 models, stochastic models, and compartmental models.
* Analyze clinical and experimental data from collaborators using machine 
 learning and bioinformatics approaches.
* Develop novel algorithms to treat diseases.
* Publish research findings in scientific journals and present them at 
 major scientific meetings.

* A bachelor/MSc degree in a quantitatively-oriented field, such as 
 engineering, computer science, statistics or applied mathematics.
* Excellent command of English.
* Knowledge in analytical and quantitative methods, including ODEs, 
 nonlinear dynamics, and/or stochastic processes.
* Experience in MATLAB, or C or R, and LaTex.
* Knowledge of immunology is a plus.

Please send questions or your application with a motivation letter, 
outlining your interest in a PhD position, along with your curriculum 
vitae which should include the names and contact details of three 
referees, to

Positions are open until filled. The planned start date is April 2017.


From: Rob J de Boer <>
Date: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 1:58 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Theoretical Immunology, Utrecht U

We are looking for a PhD student with a keen interest in combining 
mathematical modelling with immunology. Our aim is to describe and 
quantify the recovery of the immune system in HIV-infected children under 
successful treatment. This PhD project is part of the international 
EPIICAL consortium, which is collecting clinical data in several medical 
centres in Europe and Africa. We aim to classify patients into clusters 
with similar recovery parameters, and an ultimate goal is to identify 
criteria for better treatment of individual children. The project 
involves (1) scripting to organize the data, (2) developing ODE models 
and fitting these to the data, and (3) statistical analysis relating the 
estimated parameters to the data. The work will be performed in close 
collaboration with Dr. Andrew Yates in Glasgow. A recent paper about this 
type of work is Payne et al. (Lancet, 2015, 803-819).

If you have experience in mathematical modeling and an interest in 
immunology and/or virology, please contact Prof.dr. Rob J. de Boer for 
information (


From: Barbara Szomolay <>
Date: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 5:27 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Systems Immunology, Cardiff U

4-year PhD in Systems Immunology at Cardiff in Cancer Immunotherapy (Nov 
30th deadline)

Project Description

An objective systems approach to dissect the contribution of macrophages 
to cancer growth and metastasis 

A fully funded 4-year PhD Studentship is available in the Systems 
Immunity Research Institute, Cardiff that commences in October 2017. 
The Systems Immunity University Research Institute 
( provides an internationally 
competitive research environment that fosters mentorship and encourages 
interdisciplinary collaboration. The Institute draws on the wealth of 
world-leading expertise in infection, immunity and big data across the 
College of Biomedical & Life Sciences and the College of Physical 
Sciences & Engineering. With currently active research awards in excess 
of GBP70M the institute represents excellence in immunological research. 
Our Systems Immunity four year PhD programme is committed to providing an 
outstanding research environment and training for experimental, clinical 
and theoretical immunologists. 
Our emphasis is on training a new generation of highly skilled 
interdisciplinary researchers equipped for the demands of increasingly 
common 'big data' projects, specifically those utilising 'omics 
approaches, large clinical datasets and mathematical modelling. 
We recruit from a broad profile of undergraduate disciplines, from the 
biological to computer sciences, and provide core training in 
bioinformatics and biostatistics or laboratory sciences drawn from our 
MSc courses, as appropriate for the individual student. All students are 
assigned mentors for the course of their studies as part of a proactive 
support structure. 
Funding is awarded to the most competitive applicants and pays stipend 
(standard research council rates), fees ('home rate' for UK and EU 
students) and consumables. 
The students will be registered with the Cardiff Division of Infection 
and Immunity (, a large, lively 
and collaborative research environment with approximately 90 
postgraduate students. Immunological and immunological-related research 
in is an area of significant strategic strength. 

Brief description of project focus: 
This interdisciplinary project involves biological models of cancer 
progression and therapeutic intervention, state-of-the-art single cell 
genomic technologies and mathematical modelling. It is part of well-funded 
internationally-recognised research programmes, supported by a Wellcome 
Trust Investigator Award and a Cancer Research UK programme grant. The 
project aims to better understand the interaction of immune cells in 
primary and metastatic cancers to identify novel immunotherapeutic 
avenues in cancer treatment.
Funding Notes

CV and Covering Letter required in the first instance (followed by a 
standard application for postgraduate study)

More information


From: Majid Jaberi <>
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:12 AM
Subject: Postdoc Position: Computational Biology, Kansas State U

Job summary: Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position with 
the Institute of Computation Comparative Medicine (ICCM) and the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of 
Kansas State (NICKS)
The interdisciplinary research-based centers, ICCM is envisioned as an 
incubator where quantitatively oriented researchers will collaborate with 
NICKS bench scientists and clinicians to apply novel methods to practical 
problems in comparative pharmacology and toxicology. The ICCM 
enthusiastically encompasses the concept of One Health and strives to 
optimally utilize animal data to advance the health and well-being of both 
animals and humans. The position is also part of the Mathematics 
Department for Mathematical Biology Lab at Kansas State University (KSU), 

The research process in our group with cross-discipline focus is guided 
towards more of computational analysis with research questions designed 
by our comparative medicine group. Qualitative data for human cell types 
including liver and kidney cells exposed to engineered nanoparticles have 
been collected through in-depth and structured procedures on NICKS and 
ICCM laboratory sites. The purpose of this position is to hire a 
postdoctoral research fellow who can effectively analyze the in-vitro 
experimental data and lead our quantitative research to identify optimal 
parameter estimations. Our research is in need of a postdoc who can 
develop population physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models 
which are useful tools in drug development and bioequivalence assessment, 
in risk assessment of environmental chemicals and nanomaterials, and in 
drug withdrawal time estimation in food-producing animals. One critical 
aspect in applying PBPK models is the accuracy of parameter values, which 
are routinely estimated using optimization modules integrated into limited 
commercial software programs.

A Ph.D. in biomathematics/biostatistics, biomedical sciences, or related 
field in Computational Biology is required; a background in computational 
systems modeling, programming MATLAB or C++ and parallel computing is an 
asset. The position is for one year with possible extension for up to two 
more years subject to satisfactory progress and mutual agreement. Please 
send a cover letter, a short statement of interest, CV and contact 
information for three professional references.

Start date: As soon as possible. Screening of applicants begins November 
15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information: For further information about this position, please 
contact Dr. Majid Jaberi-Douraki through or or at 785-532-4733.

Total Rewards: Heath Insurance and Wellness Life Insurance Leave and 
Holidays Tuition Assistance Retirement Plans Worker's Compensation. For 
additional information refer to the benefits summary 
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals 
with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity 
among its employees. Background check required.


From: Sivabal Sivaloganathan <>
Date: Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Subject: Faculty Positions: Applied Math, U of Waterloo

The Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo invites 
applications for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant 
Professor, and in special cases Associate or Full Professor. Exceptional
candidates with broad interests in all areas of modern applied mathematics 
that enhance the research and teaching needs of the Department, are 
invited to apply.

The successful candidate will have the ability to establish an outstanding 
research program. Experience with interdisciplinary or industrial 
applications is of particular interest. We are looking for applicants 
with an enthusiasm for teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate 
level, and for the supervision of graduate and undergraduate research.

More information about the department can be found at

Candidates interested in this position should have a PhD or equivalent in 
Applied Mathematics, or related field. Appointment at the Assistant 
Professor level is preferred, but extraordinarily strong candidates will 
be considered for a more senior position. The salary range for this 
position is $100,000-$160,000. Salary will be commensurate with 
qualifications, experience and research record. Negotiations beyond this 
salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates. 
This effective date of appointment is July 1, 2017.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as described at: Alternatively, applications may be sent via 
email to Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, 
a research statement summarizing past work and future plans, a statement 
of teaching philosophy and arrange for three letters of reference to be 
sent directly. The deadline for receiving applications is November 30, 
2016. Applications received after this date will be considered only if 
the positions have not been filled.

Three reasons to apply:

Enquiries can be addressed to or to Dr. Siv 
Sivaloganathan, Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of 
Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1.


From: Kresimir Josic <>
Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Faculty Position: Math Biology/Biostats, U of Houston

The Mathematics Department at the University of Houston expects to hire a 
tenure track assistant professor as early as Fall 2017. Preference will 
be given to a candidate who works in mathematical biology, mathematical 
medicine, applied probability, statistics, biostatistics or related areas. 
We are particularly interested in someone who can foster collaborative 
efforts with existing research teams in our department and the university 
at large, and whose research interests will allow collaborative 
interactions with local universities, local industry, and the Medical 

The University of Houston is one of the most diverse research universities 
in the nation. The department is seeking outstanding candidates with the 
potential for exceptional research, excellence in teaching, and clear 
commitment to enhancing the diversity of the faculty, graduate and 
undergraduate student population. The University of Houston is an Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans 
and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of 
Houston is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Requires a PhD 
in Mathematics or a related field. Official transcripts are required for 
a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final 

Please apply at



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