Harper Cancer Research Institute | April 12, 2015
University of Notre Dame applied mathematician Mark Alber and Robert Nerenberg, associate professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences, have developed a new computational model that effectively simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms.
Their model may lead to new strategies for studying a range of issues from blood clots to waste treatment systems.
“Blood clotting is a leading cause of death in the United States at this point,” said Alber, who is The Vincent J. Duncan Family Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Science and an adjunct professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend. “We can now use a very fast and biologically relevant computational model to study deforming structures of the clots growing in blood flow.”
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