James Kyle Miller
Title: IB PhD Student
Dept/Program: Theoretical and Applied Mathematics
My research interests center around the application of mathematical modeling to biological systems. Currently, I use mathematical modeling to describe the growth and antibiotic treatment of bacterial biofilm infections in the cystic fibrosis lung. Biofilms exhibit spatial heterogeneity in nutrients and metabolic activity. This results in spatially varying treatment dynamics. Partial differential equations are a tool capable of describing these complex interactions, providing a method for guiding treatment experiments.
Miller, J.K., L. Roketenetz, and H. Garris. Modeling the interaction between the exotic invasive aquatic macrophyte Myriophyllum spicatum and the native biocontrol agent Euhrychiopsis lecontei to improve augmented management programs. BioControl, DOI: 10.1007/s10526-011-9371-9