Polly Yu

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Office:   518 Van Vleck Hall

Department of Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI, 53706

pollyyu [at] math [·] wisc [·] edu

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My advisor is Gheorghe Craciun.


I am interested in models of biochemical systems. A realistic biochemical system involves many chemical species, interacting in complex ways with many unknowns: unknown rate functions, unknown pathways and types of interactions, etc. This makes solving for the explicit dynamics difficult. The goal is to deduce dynamical properties of the system using network structure - a static object underlying the complex interactions. More importantly, this may give biological understandings of the observed phenomenon. More about my research interests.


Prior to coming to Madison, I received a Master of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, Department of Pure Mathematics under the supervision of Laurent Marcoux. My time as an undergraduate was split between the Mathematics and Chemistry departments at the University of British Columbia. My cv can be found here.


Expected graduation date: summer of 2020.