Dr. Jana Gevertz
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Science Complex P212
Phone: 609-771-3314
Email: gevertz {at} tcnj {dot} edu     

 
My Research

My primary research interest is mathematical biology, which means I use theoretical tools to answer questions about biological phenomenon.  Mathematical biologists aim to transform our understanding of biology in a similar way that mathematical physicists have transformed our understanding of physics.  The majority of my research focuses on using tools from applied and computational mathematics to understand cancer progression.  In particular, I use multi-scale modeling techniques to explore various forms of intra-tumor and tumor-host feedback.

My first experiences researching in the field of mathematical biology were during my undergraduate years.  There are some great summer research programs out there for undergraduates interested in mathematical biology.  The following link gives a noncomprehensive list of some opportunities undergraduates can consider: Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in Mathematics.

Undergraduate research does not have to be limited to summer programs outside of TCNJ.  TCNJ does offer a summer research experience called MUSE, and research can even be conducted during the academic year.  Students interested in potentially performing mathematical biology research should feel free to speak to me about this.

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Publications:

1.  J.L. Gevertz, 2012.  Optimization of vascular-targeting drugs in a computational model of tumor growthPhys. Rev. E 85: 041914. 

2.  J. L.  Gevertz, 2011.  Computational modeling of tumor response to vascular-targeting therapies: I. Validation.  Comp. Math. Meth. Med 2011: 830515.

3.  J.L. Gevertz and S. Torquato, 2009.  Growing heterogeneous tumors in silicoPhys. Rev. E 80: 051910.   

4.  J.L. Gevertz and S. Torquato, 2009.  Mean survival times of absorbing triply periodic minimal surfacesPhys. Rev. E 80: 011102.

5.  J.L. Gevertz, G. Gillies and S. Torquato, 2008.  Simulating tumor growth in confined heterogeneous environmentsPhys. Biol. 5: 036010.

6.  J.L. Gevertz and S. Torquato, 2008.  A novel three-phase model of brain tissue microstructurePLoS Comput. Biol. 4(8): e1000152.

7.  J.L. Gevertz and S. Torquato, 2006.  Modeling the effects of vasculature evolution on early brain tumor growthJ. Theor. Biol. 243(4): 517-531.

8.  J.L. Gevertz, S. Dunn and C.M. Roth, 2005. Mathematical models of real-time PCR kinetics.  Biotech. Bioeng. 92(3): 346-355.

9.  J. Gevertz, H.H. Gan and T. Schlick, 2005.  In vitro RNA random pools are not structurally diverse: a computational analysis.  RNA 11(6): 853-863.


**My full Curriculum Vitae can be found here for those who are interested**

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Conferences & Workshops I've attended or will be attending:

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Courses

  • Fall 2014
    • Differential Equations (MAT 326): The course website can be found on Canvas
    • Mathematical Biology (MAT 331): The course website can be found on Canvas
  • Spring 2014 - Differential Equations (MAT 326): The course website can be found on Canvas
  • Fall 2013 - Numerical Methods (MAT 331): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Spring 2013 - Calculus B (MAT 128): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Fall 2012
    • Topics in Mathematics: Mathematical Biology (MAT 370): The course website can be found on SOCS
    • Differential Equations (MAT 326): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Spring 2012 - Calculus B (MAT 128): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Fall 2011 - Differential Equations (MAT 326): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Spring 2011
    • Differential Equations (MAT 326) : The course website can be found on SOCS
    • Calculus B (MAT 128): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Fall 2010 - Calculus A (MAT 127): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Spring 2010
    • Linear Programming (STA 317) : The course website can be found on SOCS
    • Calculus B (MAT 128): The course website can be found on SOCS
  • Fall 2009 - Calculus A (MAT 127): The course website can be found on SOCS
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Links for Students
  • Wondering what wonderfully cool and excting things you can do with a major in mathematics?  Click here!
  • Or if you're more the type that wonders how math could ever be useful to you, you may find the following site informative.