Within the Department of Applied Mathematics [http://www.amath.washington.edu], research groups are active across the range of biological scales, from cellular and molecular processes, to neural dynamics, behavior, and control, to dynamics at the scale of ecosystems. This breadth calls for a wide variety and interplay of mathematical ideas, including statistical mechanics, dynamical systems, numerical analysis, stochastic processes, and control and information theory. This takes place in an atmosphere that is also rich in mathematical physics, geosciences, and scientific computing.
Applied math faculty and students are involved in collaborations with a wide variety of experimental and theoretical biology groups at the University of Washington, and are affiliated with departments and programs such as Bioengineering [http://depts.washington.edu/bioe/], Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management [http://depts.washington.edu/qerm/], Neurobiology and Behavior [http://depts.washington.edu/behneuro/], and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering [http://www.cs.washington.edu/]. This forms just part of the vibrant mathematical and computational biology community in Seattle, with other centers of activity in the Department of Biology [http://www.biology.washington.edu/], the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center [http://www.fhcrc.org/research/]. In addition, our medical school [http://www.fish.washington.edu/] also hosts several departments, such as Physiology and Biophysics [http://depts.washington.edu/pbiopage/], that have a major focus on quantitative modeling and theory.