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William Kath

Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics and (by courtesy) Neurobiology

Margaret B. Fuller Boos Professor


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

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Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

S.B. Mathematics, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Research Interests

Quantitative biological modeling, circadian rhythms, growth and development; computational neuroscience, action potential propagation and dendritic integration in neurons; optical fibers and waveguides, polarization mode dispersion; importance sampling and rare event simulation; stochastic and nonlinear dynamics

Significant Recognition

  • Fellow, Optical Society of America
  • ASEE Mathematics Division Distinguished Educator and Service Award
  • McCormick School Teaching Award

Significant Professional Service

  • Editor of Wave Motion

Selected Publications

  1. Rapid threat assessment in the Drosophila thermosensory system. Jouandet GC, Alpert MH, Simões JM, Suhendra R, Frank DD, Levy JI, Para A, Kath WL, Gallio M. Nat Commun. 2023 Nov 3;14(1):7067. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-42864-5.
  2. EMBEDR: Distinguishing signal from noise in single-cell omics data, E. M. Johnson, W. L. Kath and M. Mani, Cell Patterns 12 (2022) p. 100443.
  3. Robustness and plasticity in Drosophila heat avoidance, J. M. Simões, J. I. Levy, E. E. Zaharieva, L. T. Vinson, P. Zhao, M. H. Alpert, W. L. Kath, A. Para & M. Gallio, Nature Communications 12:2044 (2021).
  4. N. L. Sanford, G. M. Donovan and W. L. Kath, Slip rates and slip modes in an actively mode-locked laser, SIAM J. Applied Dynamical Systems 19 (2020), pp. 1472--1495.
  5. R. Braun, W. L. Kath, M. Iwanaszko, E. Kula-Eversole, S. M. Abbott, K. J. Reid, P. C. Zee & R. Allada, Universal method for robust detection of circadian state from gene expression, PNAS, 39 (2018), pp. E9247-E9256.
  6. M. T. Harnett, J. K. Makara, N. Spruston, W. L. Kath & J. C. Magee, Synaptic amplification by dendritic spines enhances input cooperativity, Nature, 491 (2012), pp. 599-602.