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Visiting Scientist,

Division of Inflammation Biology,

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology,

9420 Athena Circle,

La Jolla, CA 92037,

mpospieszalska@liai.org

Maria Pospieszalska

Professorial Lecturer
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Prior to joining AU, Dr. Maria K. Pospieszalska held research scientist positions at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Virginia, and the Division of Inflammation Biology, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, La Jolla, CA. She has taught numerous courses (differential equations, probability, actuarial statistics, biostatistics, and many more) for three major universities.

    Dr. Pospieszalska's research interest is in modeling of physical and biophysical processes. Her earlier publications are in the field of atmospheric physics and include modeling the neutral cloud and heavy ion inner torus of Saturn, the erosion of rings and density of the Cassini division of Saturn, atmospheric sputtering on Mars, and plasma sputtering of Io's atmosphere. Her recent publications are in the field of biophysics and include modeling of processes in blood vessels such as cell rolling in shear flow, formation of cell tethers, and adhesion molecules' interaction in inflammation including atherosclerosis.
  • Degrees

    Ph.D., Mathematics, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland;
    M.S., Mathematics, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
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Teaching

  • Fall 2014

    • STAT-202 Basic Statistics: Basic Statistics: Soc/Poly
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    • STAT-517 Spec Topic in Statistical Meth: Advanced Biostatistics
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

       BIOSTATISTICS COURSES

       at AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Sprnig 2013:

STAT 320 - Biostatistics

Fall 2013:

STAT 517 - Topics: Advanced Biostatistics

 

Selected Publications

Conference Publications:

D. B. Khismatullin, M. K. Pospieszalska and K. Ley. Influence of Cell Deformation, Tether Formation and Catch/Slip Bond Behavior in Leukocyte Rolling. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, October 2010.

M. K. Pospieszalska and K. Ley. Dynamics of Microvillus Deformation in Rolling Leukocytes. 3rd Q-bio Conference on Cellular Information Processing, Santa Fe, NM, August 2009.

M. K. Pospieszalska, A. Zarbock, J. E. Pickard and K. Ley. Event Tracking Model of Adhesion Identifies Load-bearing Bonds in Leukocyte Rolling at Low Shear. Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2008. FASEB Journal 2008 22:166.6.

J. E. Pickard, A. Zarbock, M. K. Pospieszalska and K. Ley. Periodic Dynamics of Rolling Leukocytes. Experimental Biology Meeting, San Diego, CA, April 2008. FASEB Journal 2008 22:1212.2.

B. Donn and M. K. Pospieszalska. A Monte Carlo Calculation of the Formation of Planetesimals from Fluffy Aggregates. 26th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Bethesda, MD, October 1994. Bulletin of the AAS 26:1549.

R. E. Johnson and M. K. Pospieszalska. Calculations of Pick up Ion Sputtering of the Martian Atmosphere. 26th  Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Bethesda, MD, October 1994. Bulletin of the AAS 26:1124.       

S. Jurac, M. K. Pospieszalska, R. E. Johnson and E. C. Sittler. The Sputtered Atmosphere of Dione. 25th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Boulder, CO, October 1993. Bulletin of the AAS 25:1115.

R. E. Johnson,  M. K. Pospieszalska, C. K. Crosby, S. Jurac, D. Grosjean, M. Shi, R. A. Baragiola, E. C. Sittler and E. G. Morfill.  Neutral Torus of Sputtered Products from the Icy Satellites of Saturn: Revisited. 25th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Boulder, CO, October 1993. Bulletin of the AAS 25:1052.

M. K. Pospieszalska, C. Crosby and R. E. Johnson. Plasma Interaction with Io. Io: An International Conference, San Juan Capistrano, CA, June 1993.

R. E. Johnson, M. K. Pospieszalska and J. G. Luhmann. Atmospheric Sputtering: Mars. 24th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Munich, Germany, October 1992. Bulletin of the AAS 24:1015.

C. Crosby, M. K. Pospieszalska and R. E. Johnson. Saturn’s Toriodal Water and Hydrogen Atmosphere. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Palo Alto, CA, November 1991. Bulletin of AAS 23:1148.

R. P. Lebeau, M. Pospieszalska and R. E. Johnson. Plasma Heating of Io's Atmosphere. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Palo Alto, CA, November 1991. Bulletin of AAS 23:1229.

M. K. Pospieszalska and R. E. Johnson. Micrometeoritic Erosion of Main Rings as a Source of Plasma in the Inner Saturnian Plasma Torus. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Charlottesville, VA, October 1990. Bulletin of the AAS 22:1045.

M. K. Pospieszalska and R. E. Johnson. Plasma Bombardment Profiles of the Icy Galilean and Saturnian Satellites. 20th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Austin, TX, October 1988. Bulletin of the AAS 20:877.

M. K. Pospieszalska, D. O’Shaughnessy, R. E. Johnson and J. W. Boring. Plasma Bombardment Profiles and Modification of Reflectance Spectra of the Icy Satellites. 19th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Pasadena, CA, November 1987. Bulletin of the AAS 19:821.

 

 ETMA WEBSITE: http://www.etma.info

 Event-Tracking  Model of Adhesion (ETMA) is a direct, 3D, stochastic, ?-calculus driven  model of leukocyte rolling in shear flow developed by Dr. Pospieszalska (published 2009). The ETMA website, developed and managed by Dr. Pospieszalska  and A. Surdej, allows other investigators to run ETMA simulations.  Website's statistics: ~300 hits/month (32% from US). The site is open  and free to the scientific community.

 

 CASSINI MISSION: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

The Model of the Neutral Cloud and Heavy Ion Inner Torus at Saturn developed by Dr. Pospieszalska (published 1989) was used by NASA in the preparation for the Cassini mission. The Cassini–Huygens space probe was launched in October 1997 and entered into orbit around Saturn in July 2004. In December 2004 the Huygens probe was separated from the orbiter and reached the Saturn's moon Titan surface in January 2005. The current end of mission plan is a 2017 Saturn impact.