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The UPLB BioMathematics Initiative is a research endeavor that was set up in the year 2010 by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics (IMSP). It is spearheaded by a group of mathematics educators, researchers and students who work with people from other fields of study such as biology, biophysics, computer science, statistics, chemistry, environmental science and management, agriculture and forestry.
This Initiative was started to serve the mandate of IMSP as a National Center of Excellence (NCOE) in the Basic Sciences, which is “to help advance science and technology in the country, and specifically, to strengthen and broaden the national capability to train scientific leaders and conduct research in the basic sciences”. The Initiative supports the distinctive excellence thrusts of UPLB in agriculture, natural resources and the environment.
Our goal is to help solve emerging problems in biology and related fields by providing quantitative predictions, solutions and analysis.
We aim to understand biological phenomena by translating biological ideas into the language of mathematics.
We see the UPLB BioMathematics Initiative as the medium that bridges the life sciences and mathematics. We envision the Initiative to be transformed into a strong research program and a model for interdisciplinary research collaboration.
1. Enhance knowledge base, and train new breed of instructors and researchers in biomathematics
a. Conduct campus-wide seminar series and workshops
b. Invite local and international experts in biomathematics from other schools or research centers
c. Involve experts in other fields of mathematics such as graph theory, combinatorics, operations research, numerical analysis, differential and difference equations, and probability theory among others
d. Send people to study abroad to avoid academic in-breeding
2. Present and publish research papers
a. Continuously collaborate with other units in the university, e.g. UPLB Bee Program, Institute of Biological Sciences, School of Environmental Science and Management, College of Agriculture, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Institute of Computer Science, Institute of Chemistry, Institute of Statistics, National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and Department of Social Sciences
b. Collaborate with experts or groups outside the university
c. Conduct research workshops
d. Join societies related to biomathematics, and attend various seminars, workshops and summer schools
From the IMSP-Mathematics Division:
Dr. Editha C. Jose (IMSP BioMathematics Coordinator)
Prof. Jomar F. Rabajante (advisers: Dr. Jin Yoshimura, Dr. Baltazar D. Aguda and Dr. Cherryl O. Talaue)
Prof. Allen L. Nazareno (advisers: Dr. Eduardo R. Mendoza and Dr. Editha C. Jose)
Prof. Mark Jayson V. Cortez (advisers: Dr. Eduardo R. Mendoza and Dr. Editha C. Jose)
Prof. Eduardo O. Jatulan (advisers: Dr. Editha C. Jose and Dr. Charina Gracia B. Banaay)
Ms. Dianne Carmeliza N. Cuaresma
Mr. Dylan Antonio SJ. Talabis
Dr. Eduardo R. Mendoza
Dr. Baltazar D. Aguda
Dr. Virgilio P. Sison
Prof. Alleli C. Domingo
etc. (see updates)
UPLB Bee Program and the Institute of Biological Sciences, with contact persons: Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia (Professor Emeritus), Mr. Alejandro C. Fajardo and Mr. Andrew D. Montecillo. http://beeprogram.uplb.edu.ph and http://ibs.uplb.edu.ph
Institute of Computer Science, with contact persons: Prof. Jaime M. Samaniego and Prof. Arian J. Jacildo. http://www.ics.uplb.edu.ph
Operations Research Cluster, Mathematics Division, with contact person: Prof. Jerrold M. Tubay
Dynamical Systems Cluster, Mathematics Division, with contact person: Dr. Editha C. Jose
Numerical Mathematics (NuMath) Training and Research Team, with contact person: Prof. Jomar F. Rabajante
Yoshimura Lab, Shizuoka University, Japan; and Environmental Leaders Program of Shizuoka University (ELSU)
etc. (see updates)
Current Research Themes
Modeling the behavior of certain species, e.g. foraging behavior of bees
Modeling the interaction among biotic and abiotic factors in the environment
Systems dynamics and evolutionary games
Propagation of infectious objects
Optimization in biosystems, e.g. optimizing beekeeping practices
Analysis of biological networks
Cellular differentiation and gene expression
etc. (see updates)
What is Biomathematics?
Biomathematics is a field of mathematics that focuses on the application of mathematics in biology, specifically to theoretical biology and systems biology. The field of Biomathematics, sometimes called Mathematical Biology, largely intersects with Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and partly intersects with Biophysics and Biostatistics. Biomathematics aims to develop, analyze and apply mathematical models to biology, biotechnology, environmental science and biomedical sciences. Most of the models formulated by biomathematicians are subject to experimental validation.
Currently, Biomathematics is in its renaissance stage. The word “biomathematics” was coined by Dr. William Moses Feldman in 1923. Biomath majors are seen to enjoy plenty of opportunities for graduate studies, and research jobs in university, pharmaceutical, industrial and government laboratories.
Numerical Mathematics Training and Research Team
Numerical Mathematics Training and Research Team, also known as NuMath, is a group composed of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Mathematics teachers and students of UPLB for the study and application of numerical methods and scientific computing. The students are mentored by a council of faculty members from the Institute of Computer Science and Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics.
Every NuMath member should be
- Goal-oriented, Assertive, Motivated & Committed,
- Curious & Creative,
- Confident & Competent,
- Cooperative & Helpful,
- Decent & Ethical, and
Briefly, every NuMath member should be a high-quality LEADER in his/her own sphere of influence.
The Numerical Mathematics Training and Research Team aims to widen the mathematical modeling and problem solving horizon of students by providing holistic and near-real world projects, which cannot be accomplished inside an ordinary classroom.
Current objectives supporting our Mission: We intend to
- offer the students with technical, as well as soft-skills trainings, for personal development and competence building;
- provide students the experience to join research teams and learn the culture of doing research; and
- provide members the opportunity to mentor other students through the apprenticeship programs of NuMath to communicate the value of scholarly exploration and discovery.
Every Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Mathematics graduate of UPLB is well-trained to do collaborative researches that significantly benefit the Filipino people.
The logo of NuMath is a visual representation of the Cantor Set, which is a fractal and considered one of the “monsters” of Mathematics. The logo depicts the intention of the team to make every effort (how big or small) to be in accordance with the values, mission and vision of the group. This solidarity is similar to the scale-invariance property of fractals.
Current Slogan: We take a scoop of knowledge and a pint of virtue.
Charter Members of the Council of Mentors
Ariel Babierra (Math)
Ryan James Beltran (Math)
Maria Art Antonette Clariño (Computer Science)
Mark Jayson Cortez (Applied Math)
Ramon Joseph Esteves (Applied Math)
Arian Jacildo (Computer Science)
Allen Nazareno (Applied Math)
Jomar Rabajante (Applied Math)
Jerold Tubay (Applied Math)
Michael Villadelrey (Applied Math)
Student Charter Members
Ajes, Erika Thea (CS)
Arroyo, Beverly (AM)
Asio, Angelica (AM)
Aycardo, Honey (AM)
Baingan, Marvelyn (AM)
Borlongan, Ruby Mae Clariss (AM)
Bosaing, Amy April (AM)
Calimag, Floribel (AM)
Cano, Jessa (AM)
Castro, Alyssa Bette (AM)
Catapang, Donna Marie (AM)
Jacinto, Jerome (AM)
Lo, Rome Augusta Joyce (AM)
Macaraeg, Kevin (M)
Montallana, Mac Leson (M)
Reyes, Maria Amiella (AM)
San Lorenzo, Hiroshi (CS)
Simbahan, Joel Adrian (AM)
Soriano, Mhermael Angelica (AM)
Tria, Brian (CS)
Tubale, Alfred (AM)
Zarraga, Alfred (AM)
Organizational Structure and Collaboration Network