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Hi! My name is John Nardini, and I am a fourth 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 cv


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 am the instructor for APPM 1350 (Calculus I for Engineers) during the Summer 2017 semester. My office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm in ECCR 244. The course webpage is here.


  1. J. Nardini, D. Bortz. Investigation of a Structured Fisher's Equation with Applications in Biochemistry. In revision. Here is a talk on this paper
  2. 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. Here is a talk on this paper
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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