University of Missouri
Kansas City

Applied Mathematics Group
Includes collaborative research activities in the life sciences and the STEM fields.
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Provides high-quality instruction and several interdisciplinary research activities.

Curriculum Vitae

Office: Manheim 205 A
Phone: (816) 235-2845

Mailing address:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


"We develop new mathematical  methods, algorithms  and models to maximize extraction of information from real-world data, provide accurate model predictions in health and medicine, quantify effectiveness of control and prevention policies, and to push forward data science using advanced mathematics."

Current Lab Members

Gradaute Research Assistants

  • Dilek Soysal, PhD Student, (Spring 2018 - Present) Research title: A mathematical modeling approach to study dynamics of math anxiety affected by COVID-19
  • Hadeel Hadeel Alqadi, PhD Math Candidate, (Summer 2020 - present) Research title: Effectiveness of control and preventive measures on spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. communities
  • Saeeda Irfan, Ph.D. Math Student (Spring 2018 - Present) Research title: Analysis of COVID-19 dynamic patterns using deterministic and randomized dynamic mode decomposition
  • Siqi Wu, MS Stat Student (Summer 2020 - present) Research title: Time series analysis of COVID-19 in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kathryn Menta, M.S. Math student (Spring 2021 - Present) Research title: “Elucidation of safe and effective HDAC8/MDM2 inhibitor molecular patterns using Chemical Mathematics”
  • William Ford, M.S. Math student (Spring 2021 - Present) Research title: “Analysis of 311 service requests with respect to neighborhood income”

Undergradaute Research Assistants

Current Research Support

 1. Co-Principal Investigator, Virtual Screening of Drug Database for Effective Neuroblastoma Drug Repurposing (2020-2021) Collaborative Data Science Grant, $25,000 

2. Co-Principal Investigator, SCC-PG: Early Community Intervention for Neighborhood Revitalization Using Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies, (2020-2022) NSF, IIS - S&CC: Smart & Connected Communities, $150,000

3. Co-Principal Investigator, Modeling plant-virus-vector coinfections and the effect of disease control strategies on plant yield, KU-UMKC Undergraduate Research Collaboration Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (2021-2022) $28,128, Funded

Former Lab Members
  • Elizabeth Waldberg (Post Graduate Research Associate at Yale University) Research title: Statistical analysis of data with R, which aims to identify potential drugs for the treatment of neuroblastoma. Focusing primarily on Principal Component Analysis

  • Sindhu Balakumar (Math Graduate, UMKC Pre-Med honors student)  Honors Thesis title: “Statistical Analysis of Kansas City COVID-19 Data with Respect to Race, Ethnicity, Age and Gender” Publication in 2021

  • Gerry Baygents (Instructor, Trinidad State Junior College, Colorado) Thesis title: Spatio-temporal modeling and analysis of disease spread in wildlife, Publication in 2017 

  • Chia-Hui (Amy) Lin (Master's student, UMKC Computer Science) Research title: An agent-based modeling approach to understand the contribution of super shedders in spread of paratuberculosis.

  • Tahani Omer (Hadoop Developer/Data Scientist at Oalva, Inc.) Research title: Analysis of bacterial population growth using extended logistic growth model with distributed delay, Publication in 2018

  • Malinee Konboon (Captain, United Airlines) PhD, Mathematics (2016), Thesis title: A Hybrid Modeling Approach to Assess the Efficacy of Control Measures on Paratuberculosis on U.S. Dairy Farms, Publication in 2018

  • Tyler Wayne Brown (Associate Analyst, Daymon) BSc, Biomedical Engineering (2017), Research Project: Mathematical modeling of bacterial populations. Publication in 2017

  • Keith Robinson (President and CEO, K.C. Robinson Consulting, LLC) BSc, Mathematics and Statistics 2015, Research Project: Kansas City gang violence: Mathematical solutions to a troubling issue.

  • Jacob Pennington (Software Engineer, Garmin Ltd) MSc, Mathematics 2017, Research Project: Semi-Markov process and Markov chains for analysis of veterinary infectious diseases.

  • Taylor D. Little, BSc. Math & Stat, Research Project: Using a mathematical model to understand the contribution of transient shedders in spread of paratuberculosis.

  • Kristin Kathman, (Lecturer, UMKC Math & Stat Dept.) MSc, Mathematics 2014, Research Project: Using data analysis and linear regression to drive changes in classroom instruction.