Anna Nelson, Ph.D.

Anna Nelson

I was born in New Mexico, lived briefly in the Netherlands, and grew up in Idaho! I got my B.S in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science at Boise State University. I then went to get a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with an emphasis in mathematical biology. In my Ph.D., I focused both on my research, which was focused on mathematical models of polymer growth during the formation of a blood clot, and on developing my love for teaching. Here at Duke, I am a William W. Elliott Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics where I teach math courses such as MATH 353 and the first year SPIRE course, and work on projects related to microtubule assembly in neurons and hormone regulation. In my spare time, I am a huge foodie and love to cook, bake, and go out to eat. I also love to hike, go rafting, play disc golf, and play handbells!