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Daniel Coombs

The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) are pleased to announce that Prof. Daniel Coombs of the University of British Columbia has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. This award recognizes exceptional research in any branch of applied mathematics where the recipient is less than ten years past the date of Ph.D. at the time of nomination.

Prof. Coombs is cited for his creativity, productivity, and ever-growing impact in mathematics applied to problems in biology. He works in the field of computational immunology, addressing a wide range of problems in viral disease dynamics and HIV modelling, and in the dynamics of receptors on cell surfaces. In particular, he and his coworkers have recently developed innovative single particle tracking algorithms that have enabled improved and insightful interpretation of experimental data from cell biology.

Prof. Coombs obtained his PhD in 2001 from the University of Arizona, held a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratories  (2001-03), and joined UBC in 2003, where he is currently an Associate  Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

The award consists of a cash prize of $1,000 and a commemorative plaque that will be presented at the CAIMS Annual Meeting at Memorial University at St. John’s on July 17-20, 2010. Prof. Coombs will deliver a plenary lecture at the meeting as part of the award ceremony.


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