Today I start as one of three new post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS).
NIMBioS is an NSF-funded research center hosted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Most people pronounce it “nimbus” (like the raincloud). An excerpt from the NIMBioS mission:
A major goal of mathematical models and analysis in biology is to provide insight into the complexities arising from the non-linearity and hierarchical nature of biological systems. Primary goals of NIMBioS [are] to foster the maturation of cross-disciplinary approaches in mathematical biology and foster the development of a cadre of researchers who are capable of conceiving and engaging in creative and collaborative connections across disciplines to address fundamental and applied biological questions.
Read as mathematically-inclined biologists and biologically-inclined applied mathematicians doing science!
One of the best things about this post-doc is that I have the freedom to focus on my own research interests. Another is that I have an awesome research mentor. Another is that I will get to work with a great group of people. Another is that I get to bring together researchers I admire from different fields by organizing two transdisciplinary working groups. And I get to participate in workshops already underway.
In any case, watch this space for updates about my scientific adventures in Tennessee. (Apparently, there’s a chance I’ll finally become a college football partisan.)