SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 2

January 9, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
SharedIt: Free-to-read Version of B Math Biol Articles
MBI: Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium, Jan 17
Workshop: Measuring & Model. Cell Migration, Feb 22-23, Vienna
Thematic Programme: Recent Progress in Math. Bio., Apr 3-Jun 30
Workshop: Applied Math. & Computational Sci., Jun 11-18, Cuba
CfA: Computational Neurosciences, Jul 13-18, Seattle
Conference: ECMTB, Jul 23-27, Abstract Deadline, Mentorship…
PhD Position: Modeling… Antimicrobial Resistance, Kansas St U
PhD Position: …Blood Flow & Cancer Invasion…, Heriot-Watt U
Post-doc: Haematopoietic Stem Cells, U Edinburgh, UK
NIH Update: Collaboration’s Impact on Science; Why Grant…
NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Other Job Openings-Jan 2018v
SMBnet Reminders


From: Ye, Ping <>
Date: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM
Subject: SharedIt: Free-to-read Version of B Math Biol Articles

SharedIt – Free-to-read versions of Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

The Society for Mathematical Biology wants to remind our membership
about the groundbreaking content-sharing initiative: SharedIt. This is a
function that was launched in October 2016 across the whole Springer
Nature portfolio, including Bulletin of Mathematical Biology and other
Nature Springer journals. Through SharedIt, authors and subscribers are
able to obtain links to free-to-read versions of primary research papers
published in our journals immediately after publication. SharedIt links
can be shared for non-commercial, personal use through e-mail, or on
online platforms such as websites, repositories and social media. In its
first year, this initiative was warmly embraced by our authors and
readers, who used SharedIt links to access Springer Nature content over
3.25 million times (

To learn more about SharedIt, visit or watch


From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 6:45 AM
Subject: MBI: Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium, Jan 17

MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium
Wednesday January 17, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time

Alan Perelson (Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, Los Alamos
National Laboratory)

Modeling Antibodies and HIV Cure

Details of how to participate can be found on the National Colloquium
webpage below.
To view this live event you will need to register on the event page. You
may register at any time:

Future Online Colloquia
February 14 Alan Hastings Dynamics and Control of Spatial Ecological
March 21 Philip Maini Modelling Collective Cell Motion in Biology
April 18 Marc Suchard High-dimensional Phenotypes on Evolutionary Trees:
Efficient Algorithms and New Models


From: Stephanie Portet <>
Date: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Workshop: Measuring & Model. Cell Migration, Feb 22-23, Vienna

The Workshop “Measuring and Modelling Cell Migration” is taking place in
Vienna on February 22-23, 2018. Registration and abstract submission are
still open at

Announcement MMCM 2018


From: Tomas Alarcon <>
Date: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 3:34 AM
Subject: Thematic Programme: Recent Progress in Math. Bio., Apr 3-Jun 30

We are organising a thematic programme on Recent Progress in
Mathematical Biology to be held from April 3 2018 to June 30 2018 at the
Centre de Recerca Matematica. Activities include:

1.- School on Mathematical Modelling of Tumour Growth and Therapy,
April 3-6 2018. Partial funding for young researchers is available to
attend this through a grant of the European Mathematical Society.
2.- Conference on New trends in Mathematical Biology
3.- Seminars given by the resident participants of the programme as well
as other guests

For more information, please consult the website of the programme:


From: Jose Castillo <>
Date: Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 12:43 PM
Subject: Workshop: Applied Math. & Computational Sci., Jun 11-18, Cuba

The IX PanAmerican Workshop in applied mathematics and computational
science will be held in Varadero, Cuba June 11-18 2018

The objective of these workshops is to create cooperative research
activities based on international collaboration and to promote the
development of applied and computational mathematics in Latin America.
To accomplish these goals, we must bring together practicing applied
mathematicians and computational scientists in the Americas to exchange
research information, and create a forum for researchers to refine,
enhance and implement research activities. The purpose is to continue to
center in areas of applied and computational mathematics, such as,
computational fluid dynamics, numerical optimization, high-performance
computing, grid generation, computer algebra, and dynamical systems
aimed to evaluate data related to areas of environmental, social and
economic development in the Americas.


From: Sharon Crook <>
Date: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 4:20 PM
Subject: CfA: Computational Neurosciences, Jul 13-18, Seattle

CNS*2018 Call for Abstracts
Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS)
27th Annual Meeting
Seattle, USA, July 13-18
Local Organizers: Christof Koch, Adrienne Fairhall, Eric Shea-Brown

The main meeting begins the evening of Friday July 13 and runs through
Monday July 16. It will be preceded by a day of tutorials (Friday
July 13) and followed by two days of workshops (Tuesday July 17 and
Wednesday July 18).

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Eve Marder, Brandeis University
Nancy Kopell, Boston University
Daniel Wolpert, University of Cambridge
Rajesh Rao, University of Washington

Registration and abstract submission are open.
Abstract submission deadline: March 5, 2018.

Note that one of the authors must register as sponsoring author for the
main meeting before abstract submission is possible. In case the
abstract is not accepted for presentation, the registration fee will be

Abstract Submission:
Workshop proposals also are being accepted at:
For up-to-date conference information, please visit:


From: Maira Aguiar <>
Date: Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Conference: ECMTB, Jul 23-27, Abstract Deadline, Mentorship…

The 11th European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology
(ECMTB 2018) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 23 to 27 July, 2018.
This email is to remind you that Abstract Submission for Contributed
Talks and Posters closes on 20 February 2018. The template for abstract
preparation is available

The ECMTB 2018 Organizing Committee is setting up a Mentorship Program
to facilitate research and career interactions between junior and senior
scientists attending the meeting. Participants of ECMTB 2018 can sign up
to be part of the mentorship program, either as a mentee, a mentor, or
both. If you wish to participate in the Mentorship Program at ECMTB
2018, please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM
not later than May 10th, 2018. You can find more information about the
ECMTB 2018 Mentorship Program

We invite all Professors, researchers and students interested in
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology and its applications to join us on
this exciting conference!


From: Victoriya Volkova <>
Date: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 2:46 PM
Subject: PhD Position: Modeling… Antimicrobial Resistance, Kansas St U

PhD opportunity in mathematical and pharmacological modeling and
classical microbiology of bacterial antimicrobial resistance

A PhD studentship (3 to 4 years) is available at the Department of
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at
Kansas State University. The applicant will contribute to a research
project funded by the U.S. National Institute of General Medical
Sciences. The ideal candidate will have formal training and experience
in mathematical modeling of biological systems (e.g., in ecological,
population biology, infectious disease, antimicrobial pharmacodynamics,
or physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling) and willingness to
acquire microbiological skills, or will have formal training and
experience in classical microbiology and some skills in mathematical or
statistical modeling confirmed by either formal education or research
publications. Preference will be given to those with experience in both
microbiology and mathematical or statistical modeling. A doctor of
veterinary medicine or medical doctor or equivalent degree will be a
significant asset. Experience in research or population health through
an MSc or MPH degree or professional employment will also be an asset.
Exceptional candidates with a BSc and demonstrated research experience
may be considered.

The main quality sought in the applicant is the ability to apply
quantitative thinking to biological questions, in terms of both
conceptualizing and executing such investigations. The focus areas for
the PhD research are antimicrobial resistance in human and food‐animal
pathogens, antimicrobial drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and
infectious disease modeling (inclusive of commensal and pathogenic
bacterial ecology, transmission, and evolution). To apply, please send a
Research Statement (2‐page maximum) with two ideas of quantitatively
minded investigations into one of the focus areas, Curriculum Vitae,
transcripts of the undergraduate, doctoral, and Masters degrees, and a
list of four references to: Dr. Victoriya Volkova, vv88@vet.k‐

The host group’s location provides a wide variety of equipment for
investigations using methods of pharmacology, microbiology,
nanotechnology, and high performance computing. Expertise in these
disciplines, as well as in epidemiology, infectious disease modeling,
biostatistics, bioinformatics, molecular simulation, population
pharmacokinetics, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling is
available to support the applicant’s research development. Further,
expertise in virology, immunology, pathology, metagenomics, emerging and
foreign animal infectious diseases, preventive veterinary medicine, food
safety, and economic analysis in food animal production systems is
available through the Department or active collaborations
(; Facilities for
laboratory‐based, animal‐based, and simulation‐based research are
available. The position is open until filled.


From: McDougall, Steven R <>
Date: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 5:03 AM
Subject: PhD Position: …Blood Flow & Cancer Invasion…, Heriot-Watt U

Mathematical Modelling of Blood Flow and Cancer Invasion in Heart and
Breast Tissue

Applications are invited from candidates interested in studying towards
a PhD in mathematical modelling of blood flow and cell-tissue
interactions in the context of two specific clinically-relevant
processes: remodelling in the heart following heart attack, and
metastatic tumour spread associated with breast carcinoma. The former
involves the recruitment and differentiation of tissue cells, whilst the
latter is characterised by a loss of cell-cell adhesion and changes to
cell-matrix adhesion. However, it is not currently known how these
processes are affected by the local microenvironment and the modelling
will be used to give valuable insights into the importance of
mechanical/biochemical factors and blood perfusion on cell dynamics and
clinical outcome. The modelling will be informed throughout by measured
cell data obtained from collaborative laboratories. Dissemination of
results at both national and international conferences will be strongly

The project is part of the £2.5m EPSRC Centre for Multiscale Soft Tissue
Mechanics ( and the successful candidate will be
expected to liaise regularly with academic, clinical, and industrial
partners throughout the UK.

Funding Notes
This is a full scholarship which will cover tuition fees and provide an
annual stipend of £14,553 for the 42 month duration of the studentship.
The funding is available to candidates who meet the UK residency

Applicants should have obtained a first or upper second class honours
degree in mathematics, physics or other numerate discipline and a strong
C++ programming background is essential. The scholarship will be awarded
by competitive merit, taking into account the academic ability of the

EPSRC eligibility criteria apply so please view
before applying to ensure you are eligible.

How to Apply
Please complete our online application form

Please select PhD programme Life Sciences and include the full project
title, reference number and supervisor on your application form. You
will also need to provide a CV, a supporting statement, a copy of your
degree certificate and relevant transcripts and an academic reference.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to the project supervisor,
Professor Steven McDougall:

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2018. The successful
candidate will be expected to start in March 2018.


From: Nick Savill <>
Date: Thu, Jan 4, 2018 at 4:41 PM
Subject: Post-doc: Haematopoietic Stem Cells, U Edinburgh, UK

We are looking for a highly motivated junior postdoc to help initiate a
collaboration between the modelling lab of Dr. Nick Savill and the
experimental lab of Dr. Alexandre Potocnik within the School of
Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

Haematopoiesis is the process of blood-cell production through
proliferation, self-renewal and differentiation of haematopoietic stem
cells (HSCs). An indispensable element for the interaction between stem
cells and their niche is the adhesion molecule α4-integrin (Itga4). Our
research focusses on the role of Itga4 in haematopoietic diseases. We
have recently shown that in hosts transplanted with fluorescently-
labelled Itga4-deficient or wildtype HSCs we could quantitate the
differences in the relative contribution of the two donor populations to
the output of blood-cells. Our results demonstrate a strong advantage
for wildtype HSCs. To better understand the effect of Itga4 on key
haematopoietic parameters requires the development of dynamical
mathematical models This project will integrate mathematical modelling
with experimental studies to generate new ideas and hypotheses for a
deeper understanding of HSCs and their role in haematopoietic diseases.
In addition, it will expand our knowledge of the process and mechanisms
of stem-cell transplantation which can lead to further translational

The successful candidate will develop dynamical mathematical models of
the haematopoietic system and use these to test hypotheses of the role
of Itga4 on HSC fate and to infer key haematopoietic parameters that
will inform further experimental studies.

A PhD with a strong mathematical modelling component is necessary, and
some scientific programming is highly desirable. This position is funded
by the Wellcome Trust at grade UE7, point 30 for 12 months with a salary
of £32,548.

For more information please contact Nick Savill (


From: NIH Extramural Nexus (NIH/OD) <>
Date: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 7:57 AM
Re-sent from: Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH Update: Collaboration’s Impact on Science; Why Grant…

NIH Update: collaboration’s impact on science; why grant closeout
matters; clinical trials FAQs; electronic submission of diversity
supplement requests

Please see .


From: Owens, Roland (NIH/OD) [E] <>
Date: Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:37 PM
Re-sent from: Raymond Mejía <>
Subject: NIH: Selected Intramural Research & Other Job Openings-Jan 2018

Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch, NIEHS
(Review of applications begins: February 28)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking two experienced
biostatisticians to collaborate in the statistical design, analysis and
interpretation of environmental health studies. Appointments will be at
the rank of Staff Scientist in the Biostatistics and Computational
Biology Branch (BCBB) of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR). The
scientific environment at NIEHS provides exciting opportunities for
collaborating statisticians. Increasingly, research at NIEHS generates
high-dimensional data from sources such as genomic, genetic,
high-throughput screening and microbiome studies. Development of new
statistical methods, though encouraged, will not be a major component of
either position.

Position #1: The successful candidate will collaborate extensively with
researchers in the DIR on a broad range of investigator-initiated basic,
clinical, and population-based biomedical research to advance the
science on environment and human health. The successful candidate will
also provide statistical advice and review as a member of the
Institute’s Animal Care and Use Committee.

Position #2: The successful candidate will provide statistical
leadership in a team setting with the staff of the Division of the
National Toxicology Program (DNTP) and serve as the principal
statistician for the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The NTP serves a
vital national interest by improving our knowledge about potential
hazardous agents in our environment using a broad range of toxicological
approaches including large-scale rodent studies and cell-based assays.
This position also involves management and oversight of statistical
support service contracts as a Contracting Officer’s Representative

Qualifications: The successful candidates will have strong skills in
computation and in oral and written communication, as well as proven
experience working productively with multidisciplinary teams of
biologists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and/or clinical scientists.
Experience with the analysis of high-dimensional data is desirable.
Applicants should either have a Ph.D. in statistics, biostatistics or
have a Ph.D. in a related field with demonstrated applied biostatistical
experience. Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or
non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment-
authorization visa. For additional information, contact Dr. Clarice
Weinberg, Acting Chief, Biostatistics and Computational Biology Branch,
at 919-541-4927 (

Salary/Benefits: The successful candidate for this position will be
appointed at a salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments
with full Federal benefits, including leave, health and life insurance,
retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

How to Apply: Interested persons should email a combined single PDF with
BCBB-SS in the subject line to that includes
both their curriculum vitae and a two-page statement describing their
research and collaboration experience. Applicants must also arrange to
have three letters of reference in PDF format sent directly to As there are other recruitments ongoing, please
instruct your referees to include your name and BCBB-SS in the subject
line of their email. Incomplete and paper applications will not be
accepted. Review of applications will begin on February 28, 2018, but
applications will be accepted until vacancies have been filled.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and
employment programs. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.
Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are
strongly encouraged.

Also see:

The NIH Intramural Research Program

Link to Fellowships and Positions of Interest to fellows


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