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I will be starting a postdoc position at SAMSI in August of 2018.


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Hi! My name is John Nardini, and I am a fifth year graduate student in the Bortz Lab in the Applied Math department. I am also in the IQ Biology program at CU. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Mathematics in 2013. Go Wolfpack!

If you have any questions about CU, the applied math department, the Math Bio group, or IQ Biology, please feel free to email me at

Please click here for my Curriculum vitae, Research statement, or Teaching Statement


I am currently working on an interdisciplinary collaborative project with the Liu Lab at CU, Boulder on collective migration during wound healing.

Collective migration is the coordinated movement of a population of cells, and it is involved in many biological processes. Our collaborators use wound healing as a framework to study collective migration by making a cut in a cell monolayer and observing how the cell sheet moves to fill in this empty wound of space. We use mathematical models to help understand the cellular mechanics underlying collective migration. A recent study has focused on the effects of cell-cell adhesion during this process, and we are now investigating structured population models in wound healing.


I was a Graduate Part Time Instructor for APPM 1350 (Calculus I for Engineers) in the Summer 2017 Semester. I have also served as a Teaching Assistant for APPM 1235 (Pre-Calculus for Engineers), APPM 1350, APPM 1360 (Calculus II for Engineers), and APPM 2360 (Intro Differential Equations with Linear Algebra).

In the Spring 2017 semester, I participated in the TRESTLE Scholars Learning Community on "How can I help students take charge of their own learning? Developing metacognitive activities to develop students’ study and learning skills." I now use metacognitive activities in the classroom to help students think about their learning process to modify their study habits. Our end of semester report can be found here.


  1. J. Nardini, D. Bortz. The Influence of Numerical Error on an Inverse Problem Methodology in PDE Models. Submitted.
  2. J. Nardini, D. Bortz. Investigation of a Structured Fisher's Equation with Applications in Biochemistry. SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics. 2018, Vol. 78, No.3 : pp.1712-1736. DOI: 10.1137/16M1108546.
  3. J. Nardini, D. Chapnick, X. Liu, D. Bortz. Modeling keratinocyte wound healing dynamics: cell-cell adhesion promotes sustained collective migration. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 7 July 2016, 103-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2016.04.015.
  4. K. Adoteye, R. Baraldi, K. Flores, J. Nardini, H. T. Banks, W. C. Thompson. Correlation of parameter estimators for models admitting multiple parameterizations. International journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, 105(3) 497, 2015.
  5. T. Huffman, K. Link, J. Nardini, L. Poag, K. Flores, H.T. Banks, B. Biasco, J. Jungfleisch, J. Diez. A mathematical model of RNA3 recruitment in the replication cycle of brome mosaic virus. I.J.P.A.M., 92(1) 27, 2014.
  6. H.T. Banks, A. Choi, T. Huffman, J. Nardini, L. Poag, W.C. Thompson. Quantifying CFSE label decay in flow cytometry data. Applied Mathematics Letters, 26(5) 571, 2013.


"Standing on the Starting line, we're all cowards." - Alberto Salazar

Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon 2011

Estes Park Marathon 2014

Erie Marathon 2014

L.A. Marathon 2015

Denver Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2013

Krispy Kreme Challenge 2010-2013

Bolder Boulder 2014

Eerie Erie 2014