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Austin, Jennifer

Jennifer Austin

Associate Professor of Instruction
Department of Mathematics


DNA Topology; Undergraduate Mathematics

jmann@math.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-0900

Office Location
RLM 11.150

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
MATHEMATICS
2515 SPEEDWAY, Stop C1200
AUSTIN, TX 78712-1202

Ph.D., Florida State University (2007)

 

Dr. Austin’s interests include undergraduate mathematics education, mathematics outreach, inquiry-based learning, geometry, topology, knot theory, biomedical applications of mathematics, DNA topology, and protein-DNA interactions.

Topological Information Embodied in Local Juxtaposition Geometry Provides a Statistical Mechanical Basis for Unknotting by Type-2 DNA Topoisomerases, Zhirong Liu, Jennifer K. Mann, E. Lynn Zechiedrich and Hue Sun Chan, (2006) J Mol Biol 361, 268-285.

Hin-Mediated DNA Knotting and Recombination Promote Replicon Dysfunction and Mutation, Richard W. Deibler*, Jennifer K. Mann*, De Witt L. Sumners and E. Lynn Zechiedrich. (2007) BMC Mol Biol 8:44 (25 May 2007). (*The first two authors contributed equally to this work.)

College of Natural Sciences Faculty Advisor Award, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2016
& Fellowships

Great Ideas in Mathematics Course Development Grant, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2015

College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2013

Research Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship in Topology, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2007-2010

Program in Mathematics and Molecular Biology Predoctoral Fellowship, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Interfaces Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1999-2007

Recent Invited Lectures

Women Breaking through Conference, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio, TX, October 14, 2017, “Not Just a Knot”

Bi-weekly Seminar, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2017, “A Tutorial on the Topology of DNA”

 

Local Seminars

Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin 2018 Summer Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, June 27, 2018, “Exploring the Platonic Solids”

Texas Chautauqua XI: Beauty in Science, The University of Texas at Austin, April 5, 2018, “To Be or Not to Be”

Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, February 23, 2017, “To Infinity and Beyond!”

Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin 2016 Summer Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, June 23, 2016, “Games!”

Mathematics Teachers' Circle, Texas Lutheran University, February 18, 2016, “Fibonacci Numbers”

Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, February 26, 2015, “Puzzles,  
Bands, and Knots”

Saturday Morning Math Group, The University of Texas at Austin
     April 4, 2009, “Not Just a Knot”
     November 15, 2014, “DNA Knotting”
     February 17, 2018, “Not Just a Knot”

Association for Women in Mathematics UT Student Chapter, The University of Texas at Austin,                October 8, 2012, “To Be or Knot to be a Mathematician”

UT Math Club, The University of Texas at Austin
     January 23, 2008, “DNA & Knot Theory”
     April 14, 2010, “Knotty Biology”
     February 1, 2012, “Topoisomerase: Knotenlöserin”
     February 14, 2017, “Mathematics, Mentoring, and Motherhood”

Topological and Cellular Biology Group, The University of Texas at Austin
     May 11, 2010, Topology of Mitotic Chromatin
     March 2, 2010, Discussion of “DNA supercoiling inhibits DNA knotting”
     April 15, 2008, “Type II Topoisomerase Models”
     October 23, 2007, “Resolution of DNA Knotting”
     October 2, 2007, “Biological Consequences of DNA Knotting”

Explore UT Public Lecture, The University of Texas at Austin, March 1, 2008, “DNA Knotting: Consequences and Resolution”

Graduate Seminar Introduction to Research, The University of Texas at Austin, January 22, 2008, “DNA Knotting: Consequences & Resolution”

Women in Mathematics Panel Discussion, The University of Texas at Austin, October 17, 2007

Topology Seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, October 1, 2007, “DNA Topology”

Introduction to Mathematics, M302, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Theory of Interest, M329F, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Theory of Interest, M389F, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2013, Fall 2018

Honors Tutorial Course, M379H, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2018

Introduction to Number Theory, M328K, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008, Fall 2014

Discrete Mathematics, M325K, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

Topology I, M367K, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2009, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

Conference Course in Applied Topology, M275T, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2016

Conference Course in Discrete Mathematics, M375T, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2015

Multivariable Calculus, M408M, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2011

Matrices and Matrix Calculations, M340L, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2011

Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus, M408D, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2007, Summer 2010, Fall 2010

Integral Calculus, M408L, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2010

Applied Topology, M367L, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2010

Differential & Integral Calculus, M408C, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2009, Summer 2012

Conference Course in Mathematical Models of Topoisomerase, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2009

Conference Course in Topology & Graph Theory, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2009