Research Exchange Talks

College of Basic and Applied Sciences at  Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) hosts Research Exchange Talks for faculty to explain their research interests in a 5-minute, 3-slide presentation.

Dr. David E. Nelson – Cell Signaling

Dr. Erin McClelland – Understanding the Pathogenesis of Cryptococcus Neoformans

Dr. Rachel Leander – Modeling Stochasticity in Cell Cycle Progression

Dr. Zachariah Sinkala – Cancer Research

Dr. Wandi Ding – Mathematical Biology and Optimal Control


Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis, Model Selection and R0

Our Math Biology seminar in Fall 2015 will begin with the discussion of kirschner’s Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis. It will be 3:00-4:00pm Wednesday in KOM 206 at MTSU.

We will also present a comprehensive evaluation on sensitivity analysis and model selection, as well as R0 calculation. More details can be found at


Dr. Wandi Ding:  Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Rachel Leander: Department of Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Erin McClelland:  Department of Biology

Dr. David E. Nelson:  Department of Biology

Dr. Rebecca L. Seipelt-ThiemannDepartment of Biology

Dr. Zachariah Sinkala:  Department of Mathematical Sciences

We serve as faculty for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computational Science (COMS) and  Molecular Biosciences (MOBI) Programs at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

SIMIODE MAA PREP Workshop, July 19-25, 2015

Dr. Wandi Ding attended the SIMIODE MAA PREP Workshop July 19-25, 2015, Carroll College, Helena MT. 

This workshop is for faculty who want to teach differential equations using the SIMIODE community. During the preparatory component participants will join the SIMIODE community at and experience Modeling Scenarios from a student viewpoint, Discussion Activities about important issues, and Teacher Groups for developing materials. During the onsite component participants will have opportunities to engage as student groups, to realize the potential of SIMIODE, and to share reactions, experiences, and aspirations for engaging students. Colleagues will work in groups to begin the process toward publishing in SIMIODE. After the workshop activities/conversations will continue through SIMIODE’s web features (e.g., Discussions, Projects, Newsletter) as PREP participants form their own special group inside the SIMIODE Teachers Group.

Math Biology and Computational Science Seminars

At Middle Tennessee State University, we have regular Mathematical Biology and Computational Science (COMS) Seminars that invite speakers from Mathematics, Biology, Computer Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences, Agriculture and Agribusiness, Engineering, etc. to give presentations about exciting research in their areas. Come and join us!

In Fall 2015, COMS seminar will be Fridays 2:00-3:00pm in KOM 206 and Math Bio seminar will be Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm in KOM 206.

Joint Institute for Data Science Meeting, August 20, 2015

  Drs. Wandi Ding and Zachariah Sinkala attended the Joint Institute for Data Science Meeting, 10am – 2pm  on Thursday August 20, 2015, at Nashville Entrepreneur Center  (Address: 41 Peabody St, Nashville, TN). This meeting is to discuss collaborations and opportunities in IT and Data Science between Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Tennessee State University (TSU).

MTSU Instructional Technologies Innovation Grant (ITI)

Drs. Rachel Leander, Wandi Ding and Zachariah Sinkala have been awarded MTSU Instructional Technologies Innovation Grant 2014. 

A Mathematical Modeling course (course_flyerwas offered from the support of this grant. 

We also presented a poster (ITI_poster) at the Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center (LT&ITC) Faculty Showcase at MTSU, 2015.