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A Research Collaboration Workshop for Women in Mathematical Biology

June 22-25, 2015, at NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


This collaborative workshop aimed to help build a strong collaboration network of women working on problems in mathematical biology by facilitating the formation of new collaborative research groups and encouraging them to continue to work together after the workshop. The format of this workshop was designed to maximize the opportunities to collaborate.

  • Four teams, each led by two senior women researchers, worked collaboratively on a problem. (See project descriptions below.)
  • Team members were chosen from applicants and consisted of junior researchers from both mathematics and biology.
  • Team members could express their project preference in their application
  • Each team worked intensely and presented their findings at the end of the workshop.
  • Each team is expected to continue their research and obtain results for a joint publication.

The format of this workshop followed that of the highly successful WhAM! Research Collaboration Workshop for Women in Applied Mathematics held at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in September 2013. The workshop structure, with leaders, projects and working groups planned in advance, was intended to be bi-directional: senior women met, mentored, and collaborated with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and junior women (tenure track faculty, post-docs and advanced graduate students) developed their network of colleagues and supporters and encountered important new research areas to work in, thereby improving their chances for successful research careers.

Organizer: Anita Layton (Mathematics, Duke Univ.)


Descriptive flyer (pdf)

Participation in the workshop was by application only; 3-4 participants were selected for each team. Financial support for travel, meals, and lodging was available for workshop attendees.

Blog Post: Workshop to Support Research Collaboration Between Junior and Senior Women

Evaluation Report



  • Ciocanel MV, Stephien TL, Sgouralis I, Layton AT. 2018 A multicellular vascular model of the renal myogenic response. Processes 6(7), 89. [Link]
  • Crodelle J, Piltz SH, Hagenauer MH, Booth V. 2019. Modeling the daily rhythm of human pain processing in the dorsal horn. PLoS Comput Biol 15(6): e1007106. [Link]
  • Layton A, Laura MA (eds.). 2017. Women in Mathematical Biology. Proceedings from the Research Collaboration Workshop, NIMBioS, Knoxville, June 2015. Association for Women in Mathematics Series, vol 8. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-60304-9 [Link]
  • Sheldon et al. In press (2017). Revisiting the physics of spider ballooning. Association for Women in Mathematics Series.
  • Zhao et al. In press (2017). Flying Spiders: Simulating and modeling the dynamics of ballooning. Association for Women in Mathematics Series.

This workshop was organized in cooperation with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and supports the Non-Discrimination Statement of the AWM.

A goal of NIMBioS is to enhance the cadre of researchers capable of interdisciplinary efforts across mathematics and biology. As part of this goal, NIMBioS is committed to promoting diversity in all its activities. Diversity is considered in all its aspects, social and scientific, including gender, ethnicity, scientific field, career stage, geography and type of home institution. Questions regarding diversity issues should be directed to Suzanne Lenhart at You can read more about our Diversity Plan on our NIMBioS Policies web page. The NIMBioS building is fully handicapped accessible.

Contact Us: For further information, please contact Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS (email:

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From 2008 until early 2021, NIMBioS was supported by the National Science Foundation through NSF Award #DBI-1300426, with additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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