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Biofluid Mechanics

Years Taught: 2022, 2023

This course is designed for upper-level Bioengineering undergraduates and covers core topics in biofluids. Major course topics include hydrostatics, the Euler equation, Archimedes’ principle, Balance relations, the Navier-Stokes Equations, Couette and Poiseuille flow, Fourier transforms, Newtonian and non-Newtonian flow, and pulsatile and steady flow. Examples and problem sets will emphasize applications to medicine and bioengineering

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Special Topics in Stochastic Analysis for Bioengineers

Future offering: 2024

This course is designed for graduate students in engineering and covers advanced topics in cancer modeling. Major course topics include mathematical pre-requisites (probability overview, probabilistic modeling, and mathematical analysis), deterministic modeling of cancer growth, stochastic models of cancer dynamics, Markov chains, Poisson and birth-death processes, branching processes, martingales, Luria-Delbrück fluctuation analysis, stochastic numerical simulations of cancer growth and the Gillespie algorithm, cancer evolution and acquired resistance, cancer evasion and dynamic programming, diffusions, modeling the tumor microenvironment, and cancer dormancy. The course will introduce graduate students to a rigorous and comprehensive treatment of the relevant mathematical tools and their application to contemporary cancer modeling. Problem sets and exams will emphasize key principles and their application to cancer and immunology. In order to prepare students for research in cancer engineering, problem sets will also involve application of concepts to analyze relevant publications in the field. Students are expected to be proficient in undergraduate multivariable calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and numerical methods (e.g. proficiency in MATLab, Python, or similar computing language).

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