Dr. Cary Oberije, a postdoctoral researcher in The Netherlands, has found that mathematical models can be used to accurately predict patients' responses to treatment. Prediction models were used to analyze lung cancer patients' likelihood of survival and...

# When Will I Use Math?

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# Computational Biologist

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A computational biologist applies the techniques of computer science, applied mathematics and statistics to address biological problems. His/her main focus lies on developing mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques. By these means it addresses scientific research topics without a laboratory.

Until recently, there were no formal educational opportunities in computational biology at the graduate level. Therefore, most of the current practitioners and authorities in the field have a combination of degrees at the graduate (master's or doctorate) and undergraduate levels in mathematics, computer science, and biology.

College Algebra Trigonometry Calculus I and II Linear Algebra Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations Probability and Statistics

Computational biologists use math as they apply algorithms and statistical techniques to the interpretation, classification and understanding of biological data. These typically consist of large numbers of DNA, RNA, or protein sequences. They also are concerned with building computational models of biological systems and mathematically modeling the behavior or molecules.

Highly qualified individuals are in demand at academic, private, and government research institutes alike.

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is an organization for computational biologists and it serves over 2500 members from nearly 70 countries around the world.

The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.

They include combining the mathematical language of computers together with biologyâ€™s research base to come up with data that is important and useful to researchers and other groups of people that are involved in different production and research facilities.