Clots or not? Mathematics making the invisible visible

Start: 04/08/2015 - 4:15pm
End  : 04/08/2015 - 5:15pm


Ami Radunskaya, Pomona College


Mathematical modeling is the art of representing real-world processes in mathematical terms.  These abstractions can be used to understand the behavior of devices, to predict outcomes, or to test hypotheses.  In this talk I will describe current work whose goal is to understand how traditional in vitro coagulation tests compare to what is actually going on in vivo. Since these in vitro tests are used to prescribe anti-coagulants, it is crucial to know whether they are indeed a measure of how quickly a clot will form.  I will show how differential equations  can be used to ``see” what is happening inside the blood vessel.   I will discuss the mathematical challenges inherent in this type of research, as well as the potential for discovery.

No expertise in mathematical modeling OR anti-coagulants is assumed.  Please come join the discussion!

This is joint work with the WhAM! clotbusters research group.

Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning (SCTL), at Harvey Mudd, Basement, B460

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