Dr. Day earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems from the University of Mount Union (Alliance, OH) and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania. She completed postdoctoral training at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University working on development and analysis of mathematical models of tuberculosis infection and inhalation anthrax infection. Dr. Day currently holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Tennessee. She is also senior personnel at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). In addition, she has been researching, through modeling and simulation, methods for systematically determining effective therapeutic controls for inflammation via the use of model predictive control. (Co-pi: Dr. Seddik Djouadi, EECS-UTK) Her primary research is focused on the development and analysis of mathematical models relating to the immune response to various stimuli and the application of control methodologies to modulate the immune response with therapeutic inputs. Her interests are motivated by the potential of mathematical and engineering techniques to assist in answering vital questions in the medical field. Her main objective is to conduct research within an interdisciplinary group to promote a symbiotic relationship among the various areas of expertise in hopes of acquiring results and developing tools of clinical relevance and academic significance.
Focus Areas: Mathematical Modeling and Control (Model Predictive Control) | Inflammation/Immunology | Within-Host Immune Responses | Translational Medicine
Skills and Expertise: Development and Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations Models | Agent-Based Modeling | Dynamical Systems | Interdisciplinary Collaboration