Professor Jasmine Foo awarded Northrop Professorship

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/13/2023) – Professor Jasmine Foo has been awarded the Northrop Professorship. The University of Minnesota award recognizes “field-shaping faculty who have made significant advances in their careers and whose national and international work has been identified as having helped define the trajectory of one or more academic fields, and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota."

Foo has been a member of the School of Mathematics faculty since 2011, following her PhD at Brown University and postdoctoral appointment at Harvard University. Her research is focused on understanding various problems in cancer dynamics, particularly on the evolution of resistance to various therapies and the development of new approaches to therapy using deterministic and stochastic models. Her contributions to her field of study and the UMN community have been previously recognized with the NSF CAREER Award in 2014 and the McKnight Land Grant Professorship in 2013.

"I'm delighted to see the Provost recognizing Jasmine's efforts with this professorship. She does so much every day to improve our department and our mathematical community in all aspects of the profession - research, teaching, and service. I'm not sure how she does it all, but the University is a much better place for her scholarship, leadership, and thoughtful engagement," says Head of the School of Mathematics, Benjamin Brubaker.

Foo’s research is now paving the way for a new research center at the University of Minnesota. The Therapy Modeling & Design Center (TMDC) will launch later this summer, founded by Foo and fellow UMN faculty members Kevin Leder and David Odde. This interdisciplinary center will leverage mechanistic mathematical modeling and engineering principles to optimize pharmaceutical and biotechnical development. TMDC will be a collaboration between faculty and researchers from Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, and Industrial & Systems Engineering in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Cancer Bioengineering Initiative.