The Biomathematics Graduate Program faculty is drawn from a number of departments across campus and off-campus adjunct faculty whose main interests involve modeling biological systems. People who work with biomath students can be added to the faculty roster.

The following list sorts faculty according to whether they have recently taught a biomath course. To see a list sorted by whether faculty have recently advised a biomath student, click here.


Seth Sullivant     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, algebraic statistics

Faculty Who Have Recently Taught Biomath Courses

Zixuan Cang     Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Mathematical and Computational Biology, Topological and Geometric Data Analysis
Kevin Flores     Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Development of mathematical/statistical methods for parameter estimation, uncertainty quantification, and forecasting with applications to Precision Medicine, Environmental Toxicology, and Synthetic Biology
Kevin Gross     Professor, Department of Statistics
Research Interests: Theoretical and statistical ecology, population dynamics, biogeography, and genetic pest management
Alun Lloyd     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Epidemiology of infectious diseases, spatial processes in ecology and evolution, modeling the spread of genetically engineered organisms
Sharon Lubkin     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Biomechanics, biofluids, developmental biology and regenerative medicine, cell biology, morphogenesis and pattern formation, transport, cell and tissue motion, mechanobiology
Mette Olufsen     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: The study of cardiovascular dynamics including wave propagation in arterial networks, cardiovascular regulation and the interaction with the inflammatory system. Parameter estimation, parameter identifiability, optimization model based data-analysis
Charles E. Smith     Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
Research Interests: Neurobiology, stochastic processes, physiological models

Other Biomath Faculty

Jie Cao     Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Ecology
Research Interests: Quantitative fisheries ecology with an emphasis on population dynamics and ecosystem modeling
Mansoor Haider     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Cartilage mechanics, osteoarthritis, cell mechanics, cell-matrix interactions, tissue engineering
Jason Haugh     Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Research Interests: Intracellular processes: signal transduction, cell adhesion and cytoskeletal dynamics; Biophysics of cell movement; Multiscale modeling of wound healing, cancer, and immune response
George R. Hess     Professor, Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources
Research Interests: Conservation biology in suburbanizing landscapes, effective teaching and learning
Cristina Lanzas     Professor, Department of Population Health and Pathobiology
Research Interests: Epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases in animal and human populations; Understanding the role that the environment plays on transmission and the dissemination of antimicrobial resistant pathogens; Various pathogen-host systems including foodborne pathogens in farm animals and health-care associated diseases in humans
Spencer Muse     Professor, Department of Statistics
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David Rasmussen     Associate Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Research Interests: Phylodynamics: Tracking the spread of human and agricultural pathogens using a mix of phylogenetic methods and epidemiological modeling; Experimental work on how plant viruses adapt to new hosts and expand their host range
Brian Reich     Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
Research Interests: Spatial statistics; Extreme value analysis; Quantile regression; Variable selection and dimension reduction
Ross Sozzani     Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Research Interests: Plant stem cells, Plant development, Computational Biology, Predictive Modeling
Hien Tran     Professor, Department of Mathematics, Center for Research in Scientific Computation
Research Interests: Control theory; Parameter Estimation; Kalman filtering; Mathematical modeling of biological and physiological systems
Gail G. Wilkerson     Professor, Crop Science Department
Research Interests: Development of computerized crop and pest management decision aids; development of physiologically based models of crop growth, pest population dynamics, and crop/pest interactions; and using information on climate variability and climate forecasts to improve crop and pest management decision-making
Zhao-Bang Zeng     William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics and Genetics
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Adjunct Biomath Faculty

Sudin Bhattacharya     Adjunct Assistant Professor; Senior Research Investigator, The Hamner Institute
Research Interests: Computational modeling of cellular signaling and transcriptional regulatory networks; "Virtual tissue" model of the human liver and effects of exposure to environmental contaminants; Deterministic and stochastic models of B cell differentiation and its disruption by TCDD (Dioxin)
Georgiy Bobashev     Adjunct Assistant Professor; Senior Data Scientist, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
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Rory Conolly     Adjunct Professor; Senior Research Biologist, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC
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Tim Elston     Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
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Beth Gardner    
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Nick Haddad     William Neal Reynolds Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Spatial population and community ecology, conservation biology in fragmented landscapes
John M. Hoenig     Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, Virginia
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Julia S. Kimbell    
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Michael W. Lutz    
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W. Owen McMillan    
Research Interests: Integration of high-resolution molecular data (DNA sequences, microsatellites, multi-locus DNA fingerprints, and, more recently, gene expression data) with developmental and ecological information to understand the origins of functional variation. Key current research projects/programs include: 1) Genetic Basis of Convergent Evolution, 2) Developmental Architecture of Mimicry in Heliconius, and 3) Population History of Morphological Differentiation.
Amirhossein Mokhtari     RTI International
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Johnny Ottesen     Roskilde University
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Jim Riviere     Burroughs Wellcome Professor; MacDonald Chair of Veterinary Medicine, University Distinguished Professor of Anatomy and Physiology, Kansas State University
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R. Woodrow Setzer     Adjunct Professor; National Center for Computational Toxicology, US Environmental Protection Agency
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Eric Stone    
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Qiang Zhang     Adjunct Assistant Professor; Research Investigator and Director, Center for Dose Response Modeling, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences
Research Interests: Using computational models to understand and predict nonlinear dose responses resulting from perturbation of molecular toxicity pathways by cellular stressors

Emeritus Faculty

James F. Gilliam     Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Population ecology, especially spatial processes. Behavioral ecology, especially decisions under threat of death. Ecology of streams and rivers.
Marlene Hauck     Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Research Interests: Clinical trials of novel therapeutics; functional genomics in solid tumors (soft tissue sarcomas, osteosarcomas)
Ken Pollock     William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, Department of Applied Ecology
Research Interests: Wildlife and fisheries statistics and modelling, ecology and conservation biology, sampling animal populations, biometrics
Henry Schaffer     Professor Emeritus of Genetics and Biomathematics
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James F. Selgrade     Professor, Department of Mathematics
Research Interests: Population biology and genetics, endocrine modeling, menstrual cycle control, dynamical systems and ordinary differential equations
R. E. Stinner     Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology
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Jeff Thorne     Professor Emeritus, Departments of Biology and Statistics
Research Interests: I develop statistical methods for studying molecular evolution. Topics of interest include: divergence time estimation, sequence alignment, impact of protein tertiary structure on protein evolution, using disease data to understand molecular evolution, and interlocus gene conversion.