Kimberly Fessel

Postdoctoral Fellow
Mathematical Biosciences Institute

Schedule and News

  • Paper accepted for publication "A Model for the Nonlinear Mechanism Responsible for Cochlear Amplification" (24 July 14)
  • Assisted with MBI-CAMBAM-NIMBioS Summer Graduate Program at MBI (7-18 July 14)
  • Attended Workshop on Diabetes Systems Biology at Fields Institute, Toronto (24-26 Mar 14)
  • Presented poster at MBI Institute Partners Meeting titled "A Multiscale Examination of Nonlinear Waves in the Cochlea" (02 Feb 14)

Contact Info

  • Email: fessel.6 (at)
  • Office: Jennings Hall 380,
                 Ohio State University
  • Phone: 614.688.3334


Research Interests

I am primarily interested in mathematical biology, asymptotic methods, and combining analytics with numerics to arrive at system solutions. Below are brief descriptions of my current and recent research. (COMING SOON--Click the headers for more details on each project.)

  • Cancer Cell Lineage
    My current research focuses on the development of a cancer lineage model including the effect of radiation-induced cellular de-differentiation. A coupled ODE population model is used to track stem, committed progenitor, and differentiation cells both with and without applied radiation, and the role of various internal feedbacks is under investigation.
  • Glucose-Insulin Dynamics
    I am also currently analyzing glucose-insulin dynamics via analytic solution to the Bergman-Cobelli minimal model. With the use of an expanded intermediary function, we have developed a constrained minimizing algorithm to fit patient-specific parameters for diabetes prediction. We are now testing this analytic-numeric approach on clinical data.
  • Active Hearing
    My thesis research centered around the development of a comprehensive model for the transduction mechanism of the mammalian cochlea. The fluid-solid interactions of the cochlea can be described by coupled PDEs; whereas, a micromechanical model has been developed to represent the outer hair cells' external forcing which influences the system nonlinearly.

Curriculum Vitae

A PDF copy of my CV can be found here.
Last update: 12 August 2014.

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