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February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Presenter: Trachette Jackson, PhD
University of Michigan
Date February 28, 2023
Talk Title “Multiscale Models for Understanding Tumor-Immune Dynamics and Optimizing Immune and Targeted Therapy Schedules”
Trachette Jackson is a professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Assistant Vice President for Research – DEI Initiatives at the University of Michigan. Motivated by addressing critical challenges associated with cancer therapeutics, developing multiscale mathematical models is the aim of much of Dr. Jackson’s research. She designs these models to optimize the use of anticancer agents that specifically target active molecular pathways that cancer cells use to promote their growth and survival. Jackson is an award-winning educator and scholar who has received honors for her accomplishments in both areas. In 2003, she became the second African American woman to receive the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Award in Mathematics; in 2005, she received the James S. McDonnell 21st Century Scientist Award; in 2008 Diverse Magazine honored her as one of the year’s Emerging Scholars. In 2010 she received the Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which biannually recognizes a mathematician for both their research achievements and for their contributions to addressing diversity in mathematics and in 2012 she was elected to the inaugural class of Simon’s Foundation Fellows, an honor featured in the NY Times. More recently, Dr. Jackson was voted into the inaugural class of Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Fellows and the 2021 class of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellows, becoming the first African American to have this honor.