06/02/2005 - 12:00am

Qing Nie, associate professor of mathematics, has received a four-year,

$1.2 million grant through a National Science Foundation/National

Institutes of Health joint initiative on mathematical biology, with

funding from the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of

the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Together with cell

biologists Lee Bardwell and Tau-Mu Yi, and mathematicians Natalia

Komarova and Frederic Wan, Nie will use mathematical, computational and

experimental approaches to understand how proper signal processing occurs

among cells in biochemical networks. The project will advance

understanding of fundamental cell biology and have applications relevant

to drug discovery.