Current Research: I use partial, delay and ordinary differential equations for modeling and analysis of infectious diseases and population dynamics.
Research interests: Construction of traveling/stationary waves, speed of spread, analysis and numerical simulations of mathematical models in epidemiology and population biology.
You can learn about the past undergraduate projects that I supervised: http://b.web.umkc.edu/baniyaghoubm/pur.htm
I am also a member of UMKC Applied Mathematics Group: http://cas.umkc.edu/mathematics/amg/
Our team examines several aspects of health related to social cognition, with a particular focus on the creation of attributions following a chronic disease diagnosis, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer. We’ve examined causal attributions and their short- and long-term effects on physical and mental health status. We’ve also explored the effects of discrimination on affective and health outcomes among Hispanic Americans, as well as the effects of poverty and stress on health-related quality of life following a heart attack. More recently, our team has developed two scales to assess self-blame attributions in patients with CVD and cancer. In addition to these projects, we are studying benefit-finding during the COVID-19 pandemic among college-age adults in the US. We are interested in exploring how benefit-finding may affect adjustment processes and academic outcomes during this unprecedented time in our history. We are also conducting a study examining whether perseverative cognitions, like vigilance and worry, mediate the associations between experiences of discrimination, experiences of microaggressions, and sleep quality among Black Americans.
You can visit our team web page here: https://info.umkc.edu/soccogandhealth/
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Dr. Best's research interests include the involvement of women in terrorism and insurgency, the reintegration of female veterans, the involvement of veterans in civil society and politics, negotiations between states and insurgencies, women in conflict, and the effectiveness of terror proscription regimes and watch lists.
English Language & Literature Women's & Gender Studies
Currently, the CODICES team, a group of Humanities, Sciences, and Computing specialists, is working on several book history and multispectral imaging projects. We are eager to have students from various disciplines participate in our project, which includes digitizing medieval and early modern books and taking multispectral images of these books to uncover that which cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Also, my own research focuses on medieval culture, both secular (romances such as King Arthur) and sacred (saints' lives).
The long-term goal of the research undertaken in the lab is to determine how interactions between cell recognition molecules underpin communication between cells during the development of the nervous system. Currently, our work is focused on a family of cell surface receptors called contactins and the complexes they form with amyloid precursor protein (APP) and its homologs APLP1 and APLP2. The role of APP in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease is well described, while its normal physiological functions have not been explored as thoroughly. In particular, complexes between APP and contactins have been involved in axon guidance and synapse formation. My laboratory uses biochemical and structural (X-ray crystallography) approaches to gain insights into the contactin/APP interactions that underlie the development and maintenance of the nervous system.
An undergraduate student working in the lab can expect to acquire valuable skills in protein expression and purification. He/she will design and perform protein-protein binding assays and, hopefully, participate in protein crystallization and data collection.
Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Our experiments not only reveal that neural crest mesenchyme (NCM) autonomously regulates cell cycle progression and the timing of osteogenic differentiation, but they also indicate that cell cycle and osteogenesis are inexorably linked as a developmental module in vivo as they are in vitro. Our work also uncovered a novel function for bone resorption, which is to help establish species-specific jaw length; and our transplant experiments indicate that the underlying molecular mechanisms stem from the ability of NCM to control the activity of its own derivatives (i.e., osteocytes) and also that of mesoderm-derived osteoclasts. We show the remarkable ability of NCM to maintain spatiotemporal control over the induction, differentiation, deposition, mineralization, and the resorption of bone is what integrates the determinants of jaw length across multiple embryonic stages, and is what empowers NCM with its ability to generate skeletal variation during disease and evolution