Calina Copos

Calina Copos, PhD, uses mathematical techniques to provide a mechanistic understanding of key microscale processes and their spatiotemporal coordination to produce emergent biological phenomena.

PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computational Medicine Program
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Cell Biology

Area of Interest

My work aims to understand how properties of materials can produce large scale effects like single or collective locomotion, forces, flows, and patterns. I pose this problem in the context of cell biology which presents a formidable theoretical challenge – the cell interior is highly dynamic and its material properties are regulated to perform a variety of functions such as rapid shape changes, patterns of chemical concentrations, and migration. Using mathematical techniques such as differential equations, computational simulations, solid / fluid mechanics, I provide a mechanistic understanding of key microscale processes and their spatiotemporal coordination to produce emergent biological phenomena. My projects are strongly rooted in cell biology and have implications in biotechnology and medicine.

Awards and Honors

  • NYU Cathleen Morawetz Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • SIAM Computational Science and Engineering Best Poster Award, 2015

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