People: Juan B. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
I am passionate about biomathematics. I envision research in biomathematics as a constant exchange of ideas with experts in biological sciences. This conversation enriches biology with the insight provided by mathematics, and it enriches mathematics with the demands of complex problems originated in biology. Joel Cohen put it succinctly and brilliantly: "mathematics is biology's next microscope, only better; biology is mathematics' next physics, only better".
My current efforts in applied mathematical research focus on multi-scale analysis of infectious disease and other ecological problems: (i) the characterization of malaria, from the within-host dynamics to the epidemiology of this infectious disease, and (ii) modeling dispersal and population dynamics of genetically modified organisms. We produce mathematical, computational, and statistical models ranging from molecular interactions to spatial distribution and interaction of populations.
I also believe that the most desirable level of achievement is that of a polymath. I try to reflect that ideal in my work.