IGTC in Mathematical Biology receives $120,000 from B.C. Government

  • Date: 02/05/2008

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is pleased to announce that the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education will support the International Graduate Training Centre (IGTC) in Mathematical Biology through a $120,000 grant to
finance three two-year graduate student fellowships.

The IGTC in Mathematical Biology aims to provide a specialized training programme for students in mathematical biology. This subject is one of strategic importance in Western Canada due to its direct connection to mathematical ecology, genomics, bioinformatics, systems biology, biophysics, etc. Important local industries such as those of forestry and fisheries depend on fragile ecosystems that are being modeled with increasing accuracy and sophistication by mathematical biologists. Training the future specialists in this interdisciplinary field is of major important to both industry and academia in British Columbia.

The IGTC in Mathematical Biology will seamlessly benefit students and faculty from three major universities in B.C.: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Victoria, and yield widespread benefits from throughout the entire province. In addition, the IGTC will serve as a key tool for recruiting top talent to British Columbia in a highly vibrant scientific field with immediate industrial applications.

To learn more about PIMS’ IGTC in Mathematical Biology, please visit http://www.pims.math.ca/igtc/math_biology/.

IGTC Steering Committee:
Mark Lewis, Programme Director (Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta)
Alejandro Adem, ex-officio, (Director of PIMS, Canada Research Chair at UBC)
Leah Keshet (Professor of Mathematics, UBC)
Pauline van den Driessche (Professor of Mathematics, University of Victoria)