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Robert M Miura

Robert M. Miura, PhD, is a distinguished professor in the departments of mathematical sciences and biomedical engineering, where he is contributing his enthusiasm and expertise to building a program in applied mathematics with emphasis on mathematical biology.  Miura’s research focuses on developing mathematical models in neuroscience for cell and tissue dynamics.  He works with biologists to help them understand how and why a type of depressed brain activity called cortical spreading depression, induced in animals, propagates as a slow, pathological wave.

A Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2013), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2009), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005), the Royal Society of Canada (1995) and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1980), Miura joined NJIT in 2001.  Prior to that, he spent 26 years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, as a professor of mathematics.

Earlier in his career, he solved the Korteweg-de Vries equation with mathematicians from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.  To solve the Korteweg-de Vries equation, Miura helped develop the inverse scattering method for solving nonlinear partial differential equations.  In January 2006, Miura shared the prestigious Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution To Research In Mathematics from the American Mathematical Society.  The prize honors the work of Miura and his co-authors C.S. Gardner, J.M. Greene and M.D. Kruskal.

Miura wrote the paper “The Korteweg-de Vries equation:  A survey of results,” SIAM Review, Vol. 18 (1976).  He recently co-authored “Stretching of viscous threads at low Reynolds number”, J. Fluid Mech., Vol. 683 (2011) with Wylie and Huang and “A simple neuronal model for the instigation and propagation of cortical spreading depression”, Adv. Appl. Math. Mech., Vol. 3 (2011) with Huang and Yao.  He is a co-editor-in-chief of the journal Analysis and Applications and was the chair of the life sciences activity group of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Miura received his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his MA and PhD in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.

Last update: November 26, 2012

Topics: applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, cell dynamics, depressed brain activity, mathematical models in neuroscience for cell dynamics