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Biologist John Tyson awarded prize for mathematical biology


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BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 28, 2011 – John Tyson, University Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, has been awarded the Arthur T. Winfree Prize by the Society for Mathematical Biology.

The award is given to an individual who has illustrated the close connection between theory and experiment or whose body of theoretical work has led to significant new biological understanding affecting observation and experiments.

Tyson was cited “for his key contributions and mathematical biology pertaining to the mechanism and function of bistability and oscillations in biological systems.” The award noted in particular Tyson’s theoretical studies, based on experimental observations, that illuminate the dynamics of the cell cycle.

The Arthur T. Winfree Prize honors what it calls “one of the legendary figures in the field of theoretical biology, an individual who combined brilliant theory with imaginative and masterful experiments.”

Tyson joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1977. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical physics at the University of Chicago. He completed postdoctoral work in theoretical biology at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry and a postdoctoral in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of Innsbruck Medical School.

The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.