Mariel Vazquez

Mariel Vazquez is a professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. She is an expert on the topology of DNA–  how DNA strands are looped and knotted. She uses mathematical tools to understand it’s tangled structure. Vazquez is the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and has served on the Advisory Board at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). She has a passion for simplifying the complex nature of DNA to understandable concepts as demonstrated in this video from Numberphile.

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Professor of Microbiology, Mathematics, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Davis. 

Areas of expertise: Topology of DNA

Location: Davis, CA

Contact Information:

Phone: (415) 205- 7096 (cell)

Email: mariel@math.ucdavis.edu 

Heard on ‘The Shape of DNA- Numberphile’

#NPRSource This Week: Math Professor Dr. Trachette L. Jackson

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Trachette L. Jackson, Ph.D. is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

“Everyone pretty much knows how chemotherapy works: you’re injected with a drug and it distributes throughout your body; hopefully it kills cancer cells preferentially, however it also kills normal cells. So, when I go to construct a model of novel chemotherapeutic strategies, I start with those basic things…”

– Dr. Jackson in an excerpt on constructing Cancer Mathematical Modeling