NIMBioS Researchers Travel to Promote Diversity

Back at NIMBioS, postdoctoral researchers Maud Lelu and J.J. Chai show school pride for the institutions they visited last week.

NIMBioS researchers shared their science at minority-serving institutions last week to increase awareness among diverse groups about cutting-edge research in math and biology. NIMBioS postdoctoral fellow Maud Lelu traveled to Fisk University in Nashville, TN, to speak at a mathematics colloquium on the topic of “Modeling interaction and evolution of Toxoplasma gondii transmission routes,” while NIMBioS postdoc J.J. Chai spoke to a bioinformatics master class at the University of Texas-El Paso on “A mechanistic model for protein evolution.” Each visit also involved informal discussions with faculty and students about educational and research opportunities at NIMBioS.

To date, NIMBioS has partnered with five minority-serving institutions throughout the country, with the goal of fostering collaborations in research and education at the interface of mathematics and biology. Supporting visits of researchers between these institutions is just one area of collaboration.

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