CWI PhD student Lisanne Rens has been awarded the 2017 H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award. Every two years, the Society for Mathematical Biology gives out this reward in recognition of a scientist who is making outstanding scientific contributions to the advancement of mathematical biology during their doctoral studies.
With the award, the Society for Mathematical Biology Awards Committee honors Rens for her outstanding contributions modeling cell migration and shape changes in developmental systems. Rens will receive a certificate and a cash prize of 500 USD. She will also receive a plaque and an invitation to attend to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society, to be held on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on July 17-20, where she will give a talk.
About the H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award
Herbert D. Landahl was a pioneer in the field of mathematical biology. In 2017, the H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award recognizes the scientific contributions made by a graduate student fellow who is making exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology. In the next cycle (in 2019), the award it will recognize a postdoctoral fellow with a record of exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology.
In February 2017, Rens and her colleagues showed with a mathematical model that active cell contractions can accelerate and facilitate the reorientation of cells, see ‘Cells’ own contractions stimulate growth orientation’.