Hang Lu and Melissa Kemp join new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology!

Hang Lu and Melissa Kemp join new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology!

The new Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology (SCMB), which includes the Georgia Institute of Technology, aims to convey the benefits of physics’ age-old intertwining with math upon biology, a science historically less connected with it.

The National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation have launched a large collaboration of bioscientists and mathematicians to advance both fields. The project will have a total of four centers funded with a total of $40 million, one of which is headquartered at Georgia Tech and will receive a fourth of the funding. The SCMB is one of four NSF-Simons Research Centers for Mathematics of Complex Biological Systems.

“Math can potentially change the way we do our experiments,” said Hang Lu, who co-leads of the center. “If you model your data with topology (a field of mathematics) you see that your data can have a shape,” Lu said. “And that can make you go look for different kinds of data.”


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