MARTIN NOWAK

Field of Expertise

In 1998, Martin Nowak moved from Oxford to Princeton to establish the first program in Theoretical Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study. He is interested in all aspects of applying mathematical thinking to biology. In particular, he works on the dynamics of infectious diseases, cancer genetics, the evolution of cooperation, and human language.

Educational Background

Martin Nowak was born in Vienna. He studied biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. in 1989. His diploma thesis was with Peter Schuster on quasi-species theory and his Ph.D. thesis with Karl Sigmund on evolution of cooperation. In 1989, he went to the University of Oxford as "Erwin Schroedinger" scholar to work with Robert May. In 1992, Nowak became a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow there. In 1995 he became Head of Mathematical Biology and in 1997 Professor of Mathematical Biology.

Accomplishments

He has published more than 200 papers and is on the editorial board of various journals. His first book, VIRUS DYNAMICS (together with Robert May), was published by Oxford University Press, 2000. Nowak is a corresponding member of the Austrian academy of sciences. He has won the Weldon Memorial Prize, the Albert Wander Prize, the Akira Okubo Prize, and the David Starr Jordan Prize.

Links

Institute for Advanced Study - Martin Nowak's homepage
http://www.ptb.ias.edu/nowak/

Books

Robert M. May and Martin A. Nowak. VIRUS DYNAMICS: MATHEMATIC PRINCIPLES IN IMMUNOLOGY AND VIROLOGY. Oxford University Press

Martin Nowak and Andrew McMichael, HOW HIV DEFEATS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: A SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN ARTICLE. Ibooks, Inc.



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