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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, 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

  • Editorial Board, SIAM Dynamical Systems, 2013
  • Science, Board of Reviewing Editors, 2011
  • Chair, Research Computing Advisory Committee, 2009
  • Member, Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section, NIH, 2009-2013
  • Chair, Joint SIAM/SMB Life Sciences Conference, 2006
  • Editorial Board, Journal Theoretical Biology, 2006-2011
  • Editorial Board, Mathematical Medicine and Biology, 2005-2009
  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference, Theoretical Biology and Biomathematics, 2004

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