The UPLB BioMathematics Initiative

The UPLB BioMathematics Initiative is a research endeavor that was set up in the year 2010 by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP). It is spearheaded by a group of mathematics educators, researchers and students who work with people from other fields of study such as biology, biophysics, computer science, statistics, chemistry, environmental science and management, agriculture and forestry. 

 This Initiative was started to serve the mandate of IMSP as a National Center of Excellence (NCOE) in the Basic Sciences, which is “to help advance science and technology in the country, and specifically, to strengthen and broaden the national capability to train scientific leaders and conduct research in the basic sciences”. The Initiative supports the distinctive excellence thrusts of UPLB in agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

Mission
• Our goal is to help solve emerging problems in biology and related fields by providing quantitative solutions and analysis.
• We aim to understand biological phenomena by translating biological ideas into the language of mathematics.

Vision
We see the UPLB BioMathematicsInitiative as the medium that bridgesthe life sciences and mathematics. We envision the Initiative to be transformed into a strong research program and a model for interdisciplinary research collaboration.

Strategies
1. Enhance knowledge base, and train new breed of instructors and researchers in biomathematics
a. Conduct campus-wide seminar series and workshops
b. Invite local and international experts in biomathematics from other schools or research centers
c. Involve experts in other fields of mathematics such as graph theory, combinatorics, operations research, numerical analysis, differential and difference equations, and probability theory among others

2. Present and publish research papers
a. Continuously collaborate with other units in the university, e.g. UPLB Bee Program, Institute of Biological Sciences, School of Environmental Science and Management, College of Agriculture, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Institute of Computer Science, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Statistics, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Department of Social Sciences
b. Collaborate with experts or groups outside the university
c. Conduct research workshops
d. Join societies related to biomathematics, and attend various seminars, workshops and summer schools

Members from the IMSP-Mathematics Division:
• Dr. Editha C. Jose(IMSP BioMathematics Coordinator)
• Prof. Jomar F. Rabajante
• Mr. Mark Jayson V. Cortez
• Ms. Dianne Carmeliza N. Cuaresma
• Mr. Eduardo O. Jatulan
• Mr. Allen L. Nazareno

Collaborators/External Advisers: 
• Dr. Baltazar D. Aguda
• Dr. Eduardo R. Mendoza

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2013 16:03

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