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Student Members

Student members of the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance enjoy an unmatched access to the rich intellectual and academic resources of the Member Institutions, Faculty Fellows, and Research Associates of the Alliance. This unique feature enables students who may be enrolled at institutions that lack high-power computing facilities to have remote access to Computing-Intensive Research Labs or perhaps makes it possible to remotely work with a Faculty Fellow or a Research Associate whose expertise is vital for an ongoing project.

Below is the list of students who are currently involved in projects that are housed within the Alliance institutions.


​​Marina Ramadan, Marymount University

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Marina is enrolled at Marymount University. She is currently working on disease modeling, focusing on model assessment measures. Her primary advisor is Dr. Elsa Schaefer. As an Alliance student member, Marina's research is co-advised by Olcay Akman, of Illinois State University. 



​​Irina Chuborava, OSF Health Care, Peoria, IL

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​Irina graduated from Illinois State University. Her research is centered around creating an artificial intelligent optimization tool for ODE models. She worked with Drs. Olcay Akman, Illinois State University, and Elsa Schaefer, Marymount University, implementing her tool in model comparison for cholera epidemic.



​​Yuezhe Li, Illinois State University
tim.pngWith her graduate thesis problem Yuezhe is investigating the variability and scaling properties of Gene Regulatory Networks under stochasticity. As an Alliance student member, Yuezhe's work is co-directed by Drs. Dan Hrozencik, Chicago State University and Olcay Akman, Illinois State University, and Tim Comar, Benedictine University. Additionally Faculty Fellows, Drs. Allison Harris, Department of Physics and Tom Hammond, School of Biological Sciences of Illinois State University, are a part of this research group thanks to the collaborative platform of the Alliance.

​​​​Stacy Mowry, Illinois State University
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​Stacy is working on modeling the social animals' group size and behavior using Agent-based Modeling. She is investigating the course of the natural selection on generations of offspring. Her work is co-advised by Faculty Fellows, Drs. Dan Hrozencik, Chicago State University, Lester Caudill, University of Richmond, and Olcay Akman, Illinois State University, and Tim Comar, Benedictine University.

​​​​Lina Niu, Illinois State University
tim.pngLina joined the Biomathematics graduate program at Illinois State University straight from medical school, which provided her the intuition she benefits when working on her project that involves the effects of stochastic entries in Leslie matrices. Her study is co-directed by Drs. Dan Hrozencik, Chicago State University, Olcay Akman Illinois State University. Additionally Faculty Fellows, Drs. Tim Comar, Benedictine University and  Diane Byers, School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University collaborate with the group. 

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