Outstanding Scholar Award, 2017-18
Department of Sciences & Mathematics
Dr. Simons is an applied mathematician specializing in biological applications. The primary aim of her work is to elucidate the biomechanics of cellular motility. This research is central to understanding problems in almost all biological settings: cellular motility is vital for the survival of not only individual cells but also multicellular structures and organisms. Her research spans several biological fields, from bacterial locomotion to blood clotting to sexual reproduction, and involves methodologies from mathematics, physics, and computer science. In 2016, her research was cited in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics News. Dr. Simons has published several journal articles, including one co- with undergraduate students, a book chapter, and remains active in her community collaborations with Tulane University’s Center for Computational Science and support of undergraduate research initiatives.