February 22, 2021

Trachette Jackson: Interviewed by Michigan Minds

In this episode of Michigan Minds, CCMB affiliate faculty member and mathematics professor Trachette Jackson explains the field of mathematical oncology and her work in developing data-driven mathematical models to study cancer. 

“Because cancer is such a dynamic, complex, multi-scale disease, we need mathematical oncologists to help describe these processes using mathematical tools and methods. The real goal is to just improve therapeutics and to raise hypotheses that can then be tested by biologists and clinicians,” she says.

The models that Jackson develops connect molecular events associated with tumor growth to temporal changes in proliferation, mitigation, and survival of multiple cell types that make up the tumor microenvironment.

Jackson also provides words of wisdom for women and girls interested in pursuing careers in STEM programs.