modeling nature from nano to macro
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Juanjo Nieto is an associate professor at the department of applied mathematics at the University of Granada (UGR). In 1998-99 and 2000-01 he was a chercheur at the Nice-Sophia Antipolis University (France), and he got his PhD in 2001 in UGR, working on asymptotic methods in partial differential equations arising in kinetic and quantum theory. He received the 2003 PhD excellence award for his dissertation. From 2001 to 2002, he was an assistant professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) working on the applications to semiconductors. Since his return in 2003, he has been linked to the UGR first as an assistant professor and since October 2007, after reaching the national Habilitation in applied mathematics, with a tenured position as an associate professor.
He has been working on the general framework of partial differential equations modeling physical and biological phenomena. He has contributed to several fields of applications: quantum and quantum-kinetic theory (mainly applied to semiconductor superlattices), conservation laws, multicellular biological systems (growing and/or moving), tissue models and chemotaxis, applications to tumor growth modelisation, DNA models, vehicular traffic models, relativistic BGK models, and fractional diffusion equations. The last part of his research has been developed as an application of the rising Kinetic Theory of Active Particles, which is a very recent tool created to model microscopic biological phenomena, which combines mechanical and living effects on their dynamics. He develops his whole research as a member of the research group on PDE's in kinetic theory, quantum-kinetics, fluid mechanics and developmental biology (http://www.ugr.es/local/kinetic/) of the UGR chaired by Juan Soler.
Juanjo teaches Mathematical Models and Differential Equations in Mechanics and Biology (among many others), at the undergraduate level. Twice its students of Mathematics Degree have chosen him for the Graduation Speech in 2010 and 2014. His post-graduate teaching is Research Introduction in Biomathematics and PDE Modeling with Asymptotic Methods and Multiscale Process (master of Physics and Mathematics). He has recently supervised two PhD students (dissertations in 2015 and 2017) and annually organizes the Biomat courses from 2005 until its fifteenth edition in 2019.