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Professor of computer science, medicine authors interdisciplinary textbook

Joseph DiStefano III, professor of computer science at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has authored a new textbook, "Dynamic Systems Biology Modeling and Simulation." Distilling nearly 50 years of instruction in dynamic biosystems engineering and computational systems biology, the text consolidates classical and contemporary methodologies for mathematical modeling and computer simulation of biological systems. It offers introductory coverage of core mathematical concepts and covers the pertinent concepts in biology, biochemistry, biophysics and pharmacology, as well as practical information on bioexperiment design and optimization.
"My goal was to put together an integrated book, communicating well to students in a range of disciplines — mathematics, statistics, engineering, biology and other life sciences," DiStefano said. "A major obstacle when learning an interdisciplinary field is getting past the jargon. So finding a common language is something I emphasize in my teaching and in this book."
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