SMB Subgroups

As the Society for mathematical Biology continues to grow, the Society’s subgroups allow members to meet and interact within more focused areas in smaller groups at the annual meeting. Subgroups hold scientific symposia and business meetings each year at the Annual Meeting. Membership to the Society’s subgroups is open to all members. New subgroups may be formed by petition to the Board of Directors at any time. The Society’s subgroups will receive support to partially sponsor speakers’ participation in the subgroup symposia at the Annual Meeting.

Upon petition by at least 30 regular members, the Board of Directors may form a Group of members charged with the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of a specific area of mathematical biology within the Society. Accompanying the petition shall be the bylaws of the proposed Group.

The senior officer of the Group shall be elected by the members constituting the Group and will be known as the Group Chair. This chair shall report the activities and needs of the Group to the Board of Directors. On a yearly basis, the Board of Directors will consider termination of any group not maintaining 30 regular members or not presenting a scientific program at the Annual Meeting.

Current Subgroups

The Subgroup on Developmental Biology brings together researchers who are interested in understanding developmental biology phenomena using quantitative approaches. Developmental biology has long proven a fertile ground for mathematical modelling and, with recent advances in microscopy, image analysis, and fluorescent reporter methods, it is becoming an increasingly quantitative discipline. We are now able to constrain mathematical models of developmental processes, for example through parameter estimation, increasing the potential of such models to be used in a predictive way. The objective of this Subgroup is to accelerate these efforts, by supporting and advancing the use of mathematical modelling as part of the ‘toolkit’ of developmental biology.

Chair: Andreas Buttenschoen,

Secretary: Alexander Fletcher,

Committee Members: Ruth Baker, Linus Schumacher, and Michael Watson

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposium
The Education Subgroup of SMB is comprised of members who desire to improve the teaching and mentoring of future scientists, and in particular undergraduate and graduate mathematical and computational biology researchers. As new research frontiers emerge, our members seek to understand the best practices to help future researchers of biological questions be successful in this space. Content areas include, but are not limited to the teaching and learning of modeling, computing, data science, and quantitative reasoning. Challenge spaces include, but are not limited to designing learning experiences across disciplines, defining and assessing outcomes for new interdisciplinary and technological spaces, integrating data with mathematical modeling, educational outreach initiatives, and providing an inclusive and diverse environment for learning and for the profession.

Chair: Dr. Holly Gaff

Past Chair: Carrie Diaz Eaton,

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposia
The Immunobiology and Infection Subgroup brings together researchers who are interested in the modeling and analysis of immune processes in human disease and of host-pathogen interactions. Our members study various topics, including within-host infectious disease dynamics, host immune responses, causes and effects of inflammation, disease progression and outcome, integration of experimental and clinical data into models, and model-driven experimental design.

Chairs/Contacts: Amber Smith,; Judy Day,

Twitter handle: @smb_imin

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposia
The Mathematical Epidemiology Subgroup brings together scholars interested in dynamical modeling and statistical analysis of the spread of infectious diseases. Topics of interest to the group include: deterministic and stochastic modelling of population dynamics of infectious diseases; statistical analysis of population-level infectious disease data; describing and modelling human behavioral decisions in relation to infectious diseases; control and eradication strategies for endemic infections; prevention and response strategies for emerging and re-emerging infections; effects of antimicrobial resistance; policy implications.

Twitter: #SMBMathEpi

Chairs/Contacts: David Earn; Jonathan Dushoff,

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposia
The Mathematical Neuroscience Subgroup provides a forum for the use and development of advanced mathematical techniques in the modelling and analysis in all areas of neuroscience – from cells to networks. The frameworks of Dynamical Systems, Network Science, Scientific Computation, Information theory, and Stochastic processes are just a few areas that we are using to advance knowledge on synaptic plasticity, neural rhythm generation, memory and learning, decision making, and natural computation, hand-in-hand with colleagues from experimental and clinical neuroscience.

Chairs/Contacts: Cheng Ly, ; Wilten Nicola,


Twitter: @MathNeuro_

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposia
The Population Dynamics, Ecology and Evolution Subgroup aims to foster a discussion on theoretical, mathematical and empirical approaches to core topics in population dynamics, ecology and evolution.

Twitter: @smbpdee


Chair: R. Stephen Cantrell,

Secretary: James Watmough,

Twitter: @smbpdee

Google Group: smbpdee
The Mathematical Oncology Subgroup is focused on integrating and applying mathematical and computational models to better understand and predict cancer initiation, progression, and treatment.

Twitter: @mathonco, Website:

Chairs/Contacts: Alexander R. A. Anderson, ; Heiko Enderling,

2018 Annual Meeting Minisymposia


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