Mariel Vazquez 


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Mariel Vazquez

I have moved to UC Davis, where I am a Professor in the departments of Mathematics and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. I am a mathematical biologist who specializes in the applications of topological methods and computational tools to the study of DNA packing, DNA-protein interactions, and DNA rearrangements. 

Awards and Media Coverage

2014 Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lectureship (UC Santa Barbara): This award has been created to honor the memory, innovative spirit, and contributions of Mohammed Dahleh to our scientific community and to the University of California, Santa Barbara. Awardees are selected based on their pioneering work, extraordinary accomplishments, and promise for exceptional contributions. Awardees are invited to deliver the Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lecture at UCSB in the second half of the academic year.

November 11, 2013: Press release: Mathematical Analysis helps untangle bacterial chromosomes
October 31, 2013: NIH grant to study 3-dimensional reconstructions of genomes (SFSU PI J. Arsuaga, co-investigator Mariel Vazquez; UCSF PI Mark Segal, co-investigator A. Nadav)

October 2013: Breakthrough, article by Gary Stern, in latinas now/making us proud, Latina Magazine, October 5th, 2013
Feb. 2013 A scientific star, Article by Gary Stern in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

In July 2012, I was one of 96 scientists and engineers to receive a PECASE (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers) Award from the White House:
White House Press Release
SFSU coverage
SFSU press release
NSF press release

In December 2011 I was selected as "Emerging Scholar" by Diverse Magazine. The article can be found in the January 2012 issue of the magazine (page 20). A related article appeared on January 5th on the SFSU website, and on the Florida State University Mathematics Department Newsletter [pdf].
Using math to untangle DNA [pdf], College of Science and Engineering InterSCI magazine 2011

In 2011, I received an NSF CAREER Award
SFSU Press Release: NSF CAREER grant helps mathematician unravel DNA puzzle

SACNAS podcast

Recent and Upcoming Talks

Random Knots and Confinement Considerations
Polymer Models and Combinatorics

SIAM Conference on Discrete Mathematics

June 16-19, 2014
Minneapolis, MN

2014 Mohammed Dahleh Distinguished Lectureship
UC Santa Barbara
May 19th, 2014
Santa Barbara, CA

Knots in Bacteriophages

Special Session on Physical Knots, honoring the retirement of Jonathan Simon

April 5-6, 2014
Albuquerque, NM

DNA unlinking by Xer recombination

Mathematics Colloquium
February, 2014
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Unlinking DNA Replication Links by Xer Recombination

Topological Structures in Computational Biology

December 9-13, 2013
IMA, Minneapolis MN

Entanglement in Biology, how nature controls the topology of proteins and DNA
November 17-22, 2013
BIRS, Banff, Canada

Plenary Talk
Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics
November 16-17, 2013
NIMBioS, Knoxville, TN

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