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NREUP 2008

East Tennessee State University

Title: Discrete Mathematical Models in Molecular Biology

Director: Debra Knisley

Email: knisleyd@mail.etsu.edu

Dates of Program: June 23 - August 5, 2008

Summary: We will focus on the topic of discrete mathematical applications in modeling DNA, RNA and protein structures. In particular, we will concentrate on graph-theoretic applications of DNA sequencing, models of secondary RNA structure and protein structure prediction. The development of novel methodology and new technologies have allowed the identification of many new biomolecular structures which have been deposited in data banks. We find that mathematics, graph theory in particular, is playing an important role in the quantification and classification of proteins.

Student Researchers Supported by MAA:

  • Allison Coston
  • Kenneth Harrington
  • DaVaughn Lauderdale
  • Maribel Reyes

Program Contacts:

Bill Hawkins
MAA SUMMA
bhawkins@maa.org
202-319-8473

Michael Pearson
MAA Programs & Services
pearson@maa.org
202-319-8470

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