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Timothy Elston, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, a Professor of Pharmacology at UNC- Chapel Hill and is a member of the Editorial Board of SIAM Dynamical Systems.

Professor of Pharmacology
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Cell Biology

Area of interest

My lab integrates computational approaches, including mathematical modeling and quantitative image analysis, with experimental investigations to understand complex cellular behavior. Current projects in the lab focus on cell fate decisions, polarity establishment and gradient sensing. Our investigations combine microfluidic technology with live-cell microscopy to observe cellular behavior in well-controlled environments. This experimental platform provides a powerful system for developing and validating predictive models of cellular function. My lab also is involved in multiple collaborative projects to investigate these fundamental cellular processes in physiological contexts and their dysregulation in human diseases, such as cancer.

Awards and Honors

  • 2013- Editorial Board, SIAM Dynamical Systems
  • 2011- Science, Board of Reviewing Editors
  • 2009- Chair, Research Computing Advisory Committee
  • 2009-2013 Member, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section, NIH
  • 2008- Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2006 Chair, Joint SIAM/SMB Life Sciences Conference
  • 2006-2011 Editorial Board, Journal Theoretical Biology
  • 2005- Director of the Graduate Program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2005-2009 Editorial Board, Mathematical Medicine and Biology
  • 2005-2008 Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2004 Chair, Gordon Research Conference, Theoretical Biology and Biomathematics
  • 2002-2005 Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2001-2002 Director of the Graduate Program, Biomathematics Graduate Program, North Carolina State University
  • 1998-2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University
  • 1997-1998 Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, DePaul University
  • 1996-1997 Visiting Scholar, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1994-1997 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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