I'm currently a postdoc (Courant Instructor/Assistant Professor) at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences associated with New York University.

My work broadly pursues using **mathematics** to understand how **biological systems** function because of **randomness** rather than in spite of it. My specific interests can be found below.

#### Upcoming events

If you're at one of these and have overlapping interests: let's talk!

Jan 6- Jan 11, 2019: Gordon Research Conference: Stochastic Physics in Biology, Ventura, CA

Jan 16- Jan 19, 2019: AMS/MAA Joint Math Meetings, Baltimore, MD

Jan 30- Feb 1, 2019: Cell Modeling Hackathon 2019, Half Moon Bay, CA

Feb 13, 2019: Tulane Probability & Statistics Seminar, New Orleans, LA

May 19- May 23, 2019: SIAM Conference on Applied Dynamical Systems, Snowbird, UT

July 15- July 19, 2019: International Congress on Industrial & Applied Math, Valencia, Spain

### Molecular motors & intracellular transport

Teams of motor proteins deliver cargoes over long distances within cells. Individually, motors behave randomly but collectively, they unite harmoniously enough for cells to rely on.

How does the randomness of a single motor affect transport? I'm particularly interested in nonprocessive motors, which take only 1-2 steps before detaching.

Collaborators: Jim Keener, Michael Vershinin.

#### Related work

CE Miles, SD Lawley, JP Keener

O Osunbayo, CE Miles, BJ Reddy, JP Keener, MD Vershinin

CE Miles, JP Keener

### Ligand & receptor signaling

Cells send signals by releasing particles (ligands) that diffuse around in search of targets (receptors), an inherently random process.

I'm interested in how dynamics of the receptors (e.g. themselves diffusing along a surface) helps or hurts the search time.

Collaborators: Sean Lawley.

#### Related work

SD Lawley, CE Miles

SD Lawley, CE Miles

### Actin dynamics

I'm currently working on understanding how chemical and mechanical cues intertwine to regulate actin networks (especially in cell protrusion).

Collaborators: Alex Mogilner.

### Other publications

CE Miles, JP Keener

CE Miles, I Jouny, G Gordon

### Teaching

In Fall 2018, I'm teaching MATH-UA 123: Calculus III, section 4.

Summer 2018 Math 3150 PDEs for Engineers

Spring 2017 Math 1180 Prob & Stats for Biologists (lab)

Fall 2016 Math 1170 Calc for Biologists (lab)

Summer 2016 Math 3140 Vector Calculus & PDEs

Spring 2016 Math 1321 Accelerated Engineering Calc II

Fall 2015 Math 2250 ODEs & Linear Algebra

Spring 2015 Math 1320 Engineering Calculus II

Fall 2014 Math 1310 Engineering Calculus I

### Miscellany

As a first-generation college student, I'm passionate about scientific outreach, especially to children and underrepresented populations.

In recent years, I was a Science Communication Fellow and participated in the NSF INCLUDES program for incarcerated youth.

In the rare instances of spare time from all of the above activities, you might find me: prowling for vegan food, rolling for initiative, or complaining about my extremely needy cat Piper.