Qing Nie is a Professor of Department of Mathematics and Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and is the Director of the Center for Mathematical and Computational Biology (CMCB). He is also an affiliated faculty of Center for Complex Biological Systems(CCBS) and is currently serving as the Acting Director for the UCI Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Gateway Program on Mathematical and Computational Biology (MCB).
UC Irvine Mathematicians, Princeton Ecologist Publish Intriguing Stem Cell Findings in PNAS
|Just as humans decide how much of their wealth to spend versus passing it on to their children, stem cells may divide and re-create based on whether it’s more important for them to conserve their genetic identity or pass along a portion of other, nongenetic information to the next generation, according to a paper published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The novel approach modeled in the paper is the result of a unique collaboration between UC Irvine mathematicians and Simon Levin, a Princeton University ecologist who’s a distinguished visiting professor with UC Irvine’s Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences and Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. “It’s a really interesting breakthrough integrating knowledge from biology, applied math and economics,” said co-author Qing Nie, a UC Irvine math professor whose former postdoctoral fellow Jinzhi Lei (now at Tsinghua University in Beijing) is lead author. The findings could be valuable in the development of lifesaving stem cells. (UCI Press)
The paper is also hightlighted in the PNAS's Early Edition issue for the month of March.