Renee Brady-Nicholls, PhD

Renee joined the research faculty in the IMO department in 2022. She also completed her postdoctoral training in the IMO department, after earning her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Florida A&M University and her Masters and PhD from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on developing novel, predictive models of non- and minimally-invasive biomarkers. After careful model calibration and validation, these models can be used to propose alternative treatment strategies that can ultimately be used to reduce cancer health disparities.

Twitter: @ReneeBradyPhD

Alexandria Johnson

Alexandria joined the lab as a Research Assistant in 2022. She is an undergraduate student at the University of South Florida majoring in Applied Mathematics. Alex’s work in the lab is focused on analyzing differences in response dynamics between African American and European American prostate cancer patients to identify alternative ways to administer hormone therapy. Her long term goal is to pursue research in biomath to aid in closing health disparity gaps using mathematical tools.


Ambika Bhatt

Ambika joined the lab as a Research Trainee in 2022. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill studying biostatistics at Gilling’s Scholl of Global Public Health. She is interested in how the intersection between mathematics and accessible medical care can improve public health. Her work in the lab is primary focused on analyzing patient-reported outcomes data to predict tumor volume treatment responses.


Ari Barnett

Ari joined the lab as a Research Assistant in 2023. He completed a B.Sc. in Cell and Molecular Biology at St. Petersburg College with a certificate in web and software development. He is working on applying generative ML/DL techniques to address disparities from a whole system approach. Ari is likewise passionate about interdisciplinary STEM education and aims to elucidate complex computational tools for future clinical use.

Twitter: @BioBarnett


Phebe Havor

Phebe joined the lab in 2023 as a Graduate Student, majoring in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology track of the Cancer Biology PhD program. She graduated with a MS in Scientific Computing and Industrial Modeling and a Bachelors in Mathematics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Her work in the lab is focused on the intersection of mathematics, oncology, and epidemiology, specifically investigating how mathematical modeling of patient-reported outcomes can contribute to enhancing treatment strategies, with the long term goal of improving the length and quality of patients’ lives.

Twitter: @enawoode


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Moriam Animashaun

Moriam joined the lab in the summer of 2023 as a research intern in the SIAM-Simon program. She is a rising junior at the University of Richmond, majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Mathematics. During her internship, she is comparing prostate-specific antigen dynamics between black and white prostate cancer patients to identify resistance mechanisms.

Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas joined the lab in the summer of 2023 as a high school intern through the HIP-IMO program. He is a rising Senior at Middleton High School. During his internship, he is comparing tumor volume dynamic models to determine the best model to describe patient-specific volumetric changes in non-small cell lung cancer.