Summer Schools

Joint 2013 MBI-NIMBioS-CAMBAM Summer Graduate Workshop

Connecting Biological Data with Mathematical Models

Workshop dates: June 17-28, 2013

Location: NIMBioS, Claxton Bldg., on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This graduate workshop will have instructors from across North America whose research expertise is mathematical modeling in biological systems using real data. Some of the techniques to be covered include:

  • Maximum likelihood and Bayesian approaches to inference
  • Parameter estimation
  • Model identifiability
  • Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis
  • Data assimilation

Applications of connecting data to models will come from:

  • Epidemiology
  • Ecology (including global change biology)
  • Evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Systems biology

The workshop will include lectures on techniques and modeling using specific data sets, and there will be daily computer activities focusing on learning techniques. In addition, each student will work on a research project over the duration of the program with a team of four or five participants. Researchers from the mathematical and biological sciences will be featured speakers.

The application process is now closed.


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Members of the organizing committee: Ben Bolker (McMaster University); Ariel Cintron-Arias (East Tennessee State University); Marisa Eisenberg (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor); Gregor Fussmann (McGill University); Suzanne Lenhart(University of Tennessee, Knoxville); Brian Leung (McGill University); Russell Zaretzki (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Workshop co-sponsors: 
Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
Centre for Applied Mathematics in Bioscience and Medicine (CAMBAM)

If you have questions or need more information, please contact: Suzanne Lenhart, NIMBioS Associate Director for Education and Outreach, at lenhart [at] ( or (865) 974-4270.

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17 -28 May 2010, CAMBAM hosted its first summer school in collaboration with the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI). The theme was Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Networks. A total of 60 participants attended from 13 different countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, France, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Turkey, Egypt, Algeria, Spain and Taiwan. The Joint CAMBAM-MBI Summer School received very positive ratings from participants who highlighted certain aspects such as the group presentations and laboratory sessions as being of significant benefit to them and their own personal research.

The summer school was funded by the NSF through the MBI and MITACS through CAMBAM. 

Two-thirds of the summer school lecturers came from outside of the McGill community. These included Jianhong Wu from York University, Lydia Bourouiba from the MIT, David Pike from Memorial University, Brent Doiron from the University of Pittsburgh, Mads Kaern from the University of Ottawa, Ted Perkins from the Ottawa Health Research Institute and Marty Golubitsky from MBI. Lecturers from the McGill community included Leon Glass, Michael Mackey, Michael Guevara and Maurice Chacron.