Department of Mathematics,
University of California, Riverside
Dr. Weitao Chen is an applied mathematician specialized in numerical methods, scientific computing and computational systems biology. On the perspective of numerical methods and scientific computing, her research is focused on the development of high order methods for solving hyperbolic conservation laws, shape optimization of elliptic type eigenvalue problems and efficient solvers for reaction-diffusion systems in high dimensions. On the perspective of computational systems biology, her research interest is to understand fundamental principles in developmental biology, such as the mechanisms underlying pattern formation and growth control by developing multiscale mathematical models. Specifically, her research involves modeling spatiotemporal biochemical signaling network during cell polarization, e.g. yeast cells and pavement cells, or tissue growth such as Drosophila wing disc and shoot apical meristem in Arabidopsis Thaliana, as well as cell mechanical properties and stochasticity in signal transduction.