Office: Cardinal Cushing Library, Room G-12
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.; by appointment also
Ph.D., M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University; B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science, Boston College
I have always enjoyed mathematics. I studied mathematics and computer science in college and subsequently took a job as a computer programmer in New York City after graduation. I eventually found my way to applied mathematics, a quantitative discipline that combines my affection for mathematics with a desire to gain greater insight into everyday life. I am thrilled to be teaching at Emmanuel and find it truly gratifying to share my appreciation of the subject with students.
My research interests lie in the application of mathematics to the physical world. I am especially interested in how mathematics can be used to understand problems in biology. My dissertation looked at how patterns form in two very different contexts: (1) the spontaneous formation of nanoscale pores in metal oxides and (2) the formation of periodic patterns in lipid bilayers. My postdoctoral work at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University was in the field of developmental biology. We created mathematical models to explore mechanisms by which initially equivalent cells are patterned into a group of cells with different functions.