SMB Digest Volume 18 Issue 47

November 8, 2018
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Issue’s Topics:
Conference on Multiscale Modeling in Biology, Minnesota, May 20-22
Monthly Online Cell Modeling Seminar, beginning 3pm EDT on Nov 6
MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium, Nov 14
Call for Applications: The Search for Selection, a NIMBioS Tutorial
High school Internship Program, Moffitt Cancer Center
IQBiology graduate program, University of Colorado Boulder
PhD Positions: Computational Biomechanics, Edinburgh
PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Edinburgh
PhD positions: Math Biology & Applied Math, NJIT

Postdoc: Modelling tissue growth and patterning, Sheffield, UK

Postdocs: Human-Environment Modelling, Guelph
Tenure-Track Position in Mathematics, Elon University, USA
NSF webinar, Nov 19
New NSF funding opportunity: Harnessing the Data Revolution…
SMBnet Reminders





From: Jasmine Foo <>
Date: Nov 1, 2018, 8:46 PM
Subject: Conference on Multiscale Modeling in Biology, Minnesota, May 20-22

Conference on Multiscale Modeling in Biology (in honor of Hans Othmer’s
birthday). University of Minnesota, May 20-22, 2019.

There will be slots for contributed talks and 2 poster sessions, including
one primarily for undergraduates. We have some travel/accommodation funding
available for junior participants. Please register/apply at:




From: Jonathan Karr <>
Date: Nov 5, 2018, 8:48 PM
Subject: Monthly Online Cell Modeling Seminar, beginning 3pm EDT on Nov 6

The Center for Reproducible Biomedical Modeling would like to invite you to
participate in a monthly online cell modeling seminar beginning Tuesday
November 6th. Predictive models of cells are needed to understand biology,
rationally design microorganisms, and precisely treat disease. Numerous
challenges must be overcome to develop predictive models of entire cells.
This seminar aims to stimulate discussion about how to overcome these
challenges and foster an interdisciplinary cell modeling community.

November 6, 2018: Sheriff Rahuman, Project Leader, European Bioinformatics
Institute – Leveraging public data repositories for cell modeling
December 4, 2018: Bill Hlavacek, Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory –
Formalizing and leveraging qualitative observations of system behavior in
model development
January 8, 2019: Stephen Larson, Co-founder, OpenWorm Foundation and CEO,
MetaCell – OpenWorm: Building a whole animal simulation
February 5, 2019: Barbara Bakker, Professor, University Medical Center
Groningen – Computational models and network-based drug design for metabolic
March 5, 2019: Andrew Hessel, CEO, Humane Genomics – GP-write and the future
of engineering living organisms: a personal
April 2, 2019: Jacky Snoep, Professor, University of Stellenbosch
Data and model management using the FAIRDOMHub: from experiment to model
simulation and publication

Day/Time: First Tuesday of each month, starting November 6th @ 3pm EDT
Replay with second discussion: First Thursday of each month @ 9 am IST
Location: Online Zoom webinar
Format: 25-min presentation & 35-min group discussion
Archive: Past seminars will be available at YouTube
More info:




From: Tony Nance <>
Date: Nov 8, 2018, 2:47 PM
Subject: MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium, Nov 14

MBI Online Mathematical Biology Colloquium
Wednesday November 14, 2018 at Noon Eastern Time

Gunnar Carlsson (Mathematics, Stanford University)
The Shape of Biological Data

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:

Next Online Colloquium
Dec 12 Mark Lewis: Using Mathematics to Understand Animal Movement Patterns




From: Catherine Crawley <>
Date: Nov 2, 2018, 5:29 PM
Subject: Call for Applications: The Search for Selection, a NIMBioS Tutorial

Back by popular demand! The National Institute for Mathematical and
Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its
Tutorial, “The Search for Selection,” to be held June 3-7, 2019, at NIMBioS.
The tutorial was previously held in June 2018.

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Co-Organizers: J. Bruce Walsh, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, U. Arizona

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online application
form, go to

Application deadline: February 1, 2019




From: Enderling, Heiko <>
Date: Nov 3, 2018, 3:08 PM
Subject: High school Internship Program, Moffitt Cancer Center

Applications are invited for the 2019 High school Internship Program in
Integrated Mathematical Oncology (HIP IMO) at Moffitt Cancer Center in
Tampa, FL. The program will run for 8 weeks from June 10-August 2, 2019.

HIP IMO is an integrated mathematical oncology centric internship program
that delivers interdisciplinary team science research experiences for high
school students aged 16 or older by the time of the internship. This
mentored summer training program is designed for motivated aspiring
scientists to help prepare them for interdisciplinary cancer research
careers. Working under the direction and guidance of faculty/scientist
mentors in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology (IMO) department, interns
are involved in activities designed to foster the development of life-long
research skills. Students will be assigned individual research projects
appropriate to their interests and abilities.

Successful interns will collaborate with an assigned mentor to create a
research project with achievable goals in the time allotted, gain
familiarity with standard methodologies in a safe environment, participate
in scheduled lab meetings, acquire necessary data through experimentation,
computation, surveys or other means, document findings in an appropriate
format (laboratory journal, audiovisual recording or digital databases),
review and discuss findings with research mentors, draw conclusions and make
new plans, gain oral presentation experience, and write a scientific report
at the end of the program.

HIP IMO students will receive a Richard O. Jacobson IMO Scholarship of
$1,000. Out of town students may receive an additional up to $1,500 for
travel and lodging expenses. HIP IMO participants will be named Richard O.
Jacobson IMO Scholars.

Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Application details:




From: David Matthew Bortz <>
Date: Nov 2, 2018, 5:54 AM
Subject: IQBiology graduate program, University of Colorado Boulder

The Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology (IQ Biology) program at the
University of Colorado Boulder invites applications from exceptional
students who have strong interdisciplinary interests and the ability to
develop novel quantitative approaches to solve biological problems. As a
graduate student in the IQ Biology program, you will gain access to world-
class educators and colleagues across many different disciplines and
departments. The main interdisciplinary areas of focus are: Mathematical
Biology, Computational Biology, Bioengineering, Biophysics, and Image
Analysis. Faculty from eight departments across the sciences and engineering
are participating in the IQ-Biology graduate PhD certificate program. It
offers students an opportunity to enter into an academically diverse cohort
from the very beginning and encourage them to take on innovative research
projects that integrate multiple disciplines while still obtaining a PhD in
a participating department.

Please see and here for more information and
how to apply. Applications are due December 15th, 2018.




Date: Nov 7, 2018, 5:37 PM
Subject: PhD Positions: Computational Biomechanics, Edinburgh

I am currently looking for two ambitious and motivated PhD students to join
my group at The University of Edinburgh, UK. Both projects are in the area
of computational biomechanics with applications to liver regeneration and
placental pathologies, respectively. Funding is provided through BBSRC- and
MRC-funded Doctoral Training Programmes, which offer excellent training and
networking opportunities to their student cohorts.

* An integrative approach to understanding the mechanobiology of liver
regeneration. Application deadline 5 Dec 2018.

* Blood flow and solute transport in human placental vascular networks: an
in silico approach to characterizing pregnancy pathologies. Application
deadline 7 Jan 2018.

The successful candidates will join a growing and multidisciplinary group.
They will benefit from hands-on supervision, access to world-class
computational resources and training, and a worldwide network of
collaborators spanning across disciplines. Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital
city, is a vibrant place consistently ranked amongst the top cities to live
in the UK.

You can find information about the University’s position on Brexit here:

Best wishes,




From: GRIMA Ramon <>
Date: Oct 31, 2018, 9:18 PM
Subject: PhD Positions: Computational Biology, Edinburgh

The group of Dr. Ramon Grima at the University of Edinburgh is advertising 3 PhD studentships in
Computational Biology:

(1) Stochasticity in cell fate specification and reversal

(2) Designing optimal feedback control of stochastic gene expression: an
interdisciplinary approach using control theory, statistical physics and
machine learning

(3) Sources and propagation of stochasticity in cellular metabolism

Interested applicants should contact before the
deadline of 13 December.




From: Victor Matveev <>
Date: Nov 2, 2018, 3:16 PM
Subject: PhD positions: Math Biology & Applied Math, NJIT

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at New Jersey Institute of
Technology (NJIT) is inviting candidates to apply to one of our doctoral
program tracks: (1) Applied Mathematics or (2) Applied Probability &

The Department’s research focus spans Mathematical Biology, Scientific
Computing, Fluid Dynamics, Materials Science, Wave Propagation, Applied
Analysis, Applied Probability & Statistics, including Biostatistics.

Teaching and research assistantships are available, and include a tuition
waiver and a competitive stipend.

Application target date is December 15, 2018 but ongoing review will
continue until all available positions are filled.

To apply, please visit our homepage:

For more information, please email us (, CC,

PhD Program advertisement flyer is available at




From: Alexander G Fletcher <>
Date: Nov 8, 2018, 2:59 PM
Subject: Postdoc: Modelling tissue growth and patterning, Sheffield, UK

A 2-year postdoc position at the University of Sheffield, UK, is available
for a candidate with a background in mathematical modelling to join an
interdisciplinary team investigating the coordination of tissue patterning
and growth using Drosophila epithelial development as a model system.

The Strutt lab ( is a world leader
in studying the planar polarity signalling pathways that control coordinated
cell polarisation in animal tissues. In this collaborative project with Dr
Alexander Fletcher (, we are now
combining our biological expertise with mathematical modelling approaches,
to build an integrated understanding of how tissue patterning and growth are
coordinated to achieve consistent organ shape and size during animal

Informal enquiries may be made to David Strutt ( or
Alexander Fletcher ( Formal applications
should be made directly to the University of Sheffield
(, Job Ref: UOS020791) by no later than
4th December 2018.




From: Chris Bauch <>
Date: Oct 31, 2018, 3:19 PM
Subject: Postdocs: Human-Environment Modelling, Guelph

We are seeking 1-2 postdoctoral fellows to join the Global Ecological Change
& Sustainability Laboratory directed by Prof. Madhur Anand
( at the University of Guelph, starting in 2019 with
experience & interest in one or more of the following:

1. Coupled human-ecological modelling (minimum skills needed: dynamical
systems mathematical modelling, advanced computer programming for agent-
based modelling) applied to agroecological mosaics, forest dynamics and/or
other environmental systems (e.g., Henderson et al. 2016, PNAS).
2. Human-environment network analysis & modelling (applied to a variety of
terrestrial ecosystems and human social systems including trade networks of
food and other resources (e.g., Fair et al. 2017 Scientific Reports).
3. Vegetation dynamics of forest-grassland (not savanna) mosaics of the
world, with potential field work in Brazil and/or India (experience in
disturbance ecology, landscape ecology, etc. — sample ecosystem found in
Silva & Anand (2011) Ecosystems).

Many collaborative opportunities are available. Please send enquiries (with
CV) to to initiate discussions. Enquiries will be
reviewed beginning November 1, 2018 until a suitable candidate is found.




From: Karen Yokley <>
Date: Nov 2, 2018, 8:46 PM
Subject: Tenure-Track Position in Mathematics, Elon University, USA

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Elon University seeks
applicants for a Tenure Track position in Mathematics to begin mid-August
2019. The successful candidate should have a PhD in applied mathematics,
mathematics, or related field. Candidates with a background in operations
research, stochastic modeling, or biomathematics are particularly encouraged
to apply.

Teaching will include mathematics and applied mathematics courses, and
courses in the Elon Core Curriculum. Candidates who have experience working
with a diverse range of people, and who can contribute to the climate of
inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in their cover
letter. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution
that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in
teaching and learning in a liberal arts based residential campus. To learn
more about Elon, please visit the University web site at

For more information about the department and its curriclum, visit the
department’s website at:

Mathematics & Statistics

Review of complete applications will begin immediately, but for full
consideration, completed applications must be received by December 1, 2018.
Email letter of application, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
statement of teaching philosophy, research statement, and three letters of
recommendation (letters must be e-mailed directly from each reference with
your name in the subject line) to the Mathematics and Statistics Search
Committee Chair, at We will have representatives at
the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, so please note if you will be
present at the meetings in your letter of application so that we can arrange
an interview. Elon University is an equal opportunity employer committed to
a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants.




From: Powell, James <>
Date: Nov 7, 2018, 2:20 PM
Subject: NSF webinar, Nov 19

The National Science Foundation will hold a webinar (teleconference seminar)
to outline the goals of, and proposal-submission requirements for, the new
Joint DMS/NLM Initiative on Generalizable Data Science Methods for
Biomedical Research. There will be a question and answer session following
the presentation.

The webinar will take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00
pm, EST (Eastern Standard Time; UTC/GMT-05:00). To participate, please see
the information on the NSF Event page for the webinar:




From: Henry Warchall <>
Date: Nov 5, 2018, 10:49 PM
Subject: New NSF funding opportunity: Harnessing the Data Revolution…

A new NSF program solicitation (NSF 19-518) is now available:
Harnessing the Data Revolution: Data Science Corps (HDR DSC)
Building Capacity for HDR

Please see for

Full Proposal Window: January 28, 2019 – February 4, 2019




From: “Pauley, Mark A.” <>
Subject: NSF RCN-UBE
Date: October 28, 2018 at 7:01:22 PM EDT

Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)
program (NSF 18-510) at the National Science Foundation supports the
formation of networks of educators, researchers, and other stakeholders that
improve undergraduate biology. (The solicitation,, describes the
program in detail.) Among other things, award funds can be used to develop
community standards, address interdisciplinary topics, explore collaborative
technologies, promote the exchange of information and resources, build
community, integrate research and education, and minimize duplication of
efforts. The theme of an RCN-UBE proposal can be any topic likely to enhance
undergraduate biology education. RCN-UBE awards do not support existing
networks or the activities of established collaborations and do not support
primary research. The submission deadline for the next competition is 5:00
p.m. local time on 22 January 2019.

Two informational webinars about the program are planned:
* Noon ET, 9 November 2018 (Friday)
* 4:00 p.m. ET, 13 November 2018 (Tuesday)
Although links to the webinars are provided above, potential attendees are
encouraged to register (, so they can
receive reminders (with links) and updates about the webinars.






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