Mathematical modeling and biology

I am an applied mathematician with interests in using mathematical modeling to address biological questions, particularly protein structures and sequence evolution. Applied mathematics and modeling are often confused with statistics, but although they both use quantitative methods to decribe reality, they are nearly inverses of each other. Mathematical modeling begins with a theoretical assumption and makes predictions, while statistics begins with a data set and tries to extract some pattern from the observations.

I teach mathematics and computation for biologists as well as biology for quantitative types. I have taught in Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at University of Chicago since 2007. Use the menu on the left to learn more about my teaching and to access data and other material for my textbook Quantifying Life.

There is a vibrant Biomathematics community with many online resources for teaching, learning, and research. Use Biomath community links to see some of the web sites and online communities that I find useful.