Research + Projects

Research Interests: Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology, Data Science, Machine Learning, Ordinary Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, Game Theory, Ethics, Social Justice.

My research interest stems from a deep desire to understand and build a better world. During my graduate studies, my research focused on disease ecology and how the interactions among hosts, parasites, and the environment play a role in the spread of disease.


Currently, I am interested in understanding the evolution of cooperation in groups, and how we can use STEM to tackle problems in sustainability, climate change, and social justice.

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Data Science Projects

Book Recommendations

Reducing Traffic Mortality

Giving Blood Donations

Past Research

I tackle problems in biology concerning the evolution of disease and epidemics. My most recent work focused on the disease dynamics of the Daphnia-Metschnikowia system in collaboration with the Cáceres Lab and Zoi Rapti (advisor).

Stemming from the broader work of mathematical epidemiology, I use ordinary and partial differential equations to study how quantities such as disease prevalence and the basic reproduction number change due to variations in the host and environment.

Research Projects:

  • Stochastic Models for Recurrent Epidemics (2019)

  • The Role of Recovery in Daphnia disease dynamics (2018)

  • Behavioral Adaptation in Daphnia populations (2017)

  • Host polymorphism in Daphnia epidemics (2015)

  • Evolutionary Dynamics of Virulence (2014)

Many of these projects are described in more detail in my dissertation Mathematical Models of Daphnia Epidemics.

Undergraduate Research Mentoring

At the Illinois Geometry Lab, I worked closely with Dr. Sara Clifton and undergraduate students in semester-long projects using Python and Matlab.

  • Visualizing Mathematics and its Applications (2019).

  • Evaluating models for social group competition (2019).

  • Modeling prevalence of JUUL and other E-CigareTte use (2018).

  • Genetic algorithms to model molecular clocks in Python (2018).

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