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Mathematics Faculty Receives 2014 IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award

Release Date: 
Apr 28 2014

Alexey Kuznetsov, associate professor of mathematical sciences in the School of Science, has been named a recipient of the 2014 IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award.Alexey Kuznetsov

Kuznetsov is a world leader in the mathematical modeling of certain neuron types and in the use of nonlinear dynamics to understand biological patterns. His research is part of a USA-France collaborative project that seeks to develop mathematical models of reward-based learning and behavior to elucidate the mechanisms controlling drug abuse and, more specifically, the influence of alcohol on the central dopamine system.

Kuznetsov and his colleagues have been very successful in developing models that have progressively greater agreement with experimental findings, allowing them to explain the mechanisms underlying dopamine response and to make predictions on reward signaling that may help treat drug abuse.

In addition to his research on dopaminergic neurons, Kuznetsov also seeks to utilize mathematical techniques to identify new mechanisms that explain the behavior of fundamental gene regulatory systems. These efforts could eventually be used by experimentalists to tune the properties of biological systems.

Established in 2010, the Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who are showing great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Specifically, the award is for outstanding accomplishments in research and creative activity by an associate professor within the first three years of promotion or appointment in the given rank.

The award was presented April 11 at the annual IUPUI Research Day. The Office of Vice Chancellor for Research selects recipients for the award. Michelle P. Salyers, associate professor of psychology, received the award in 2013.