Skip to main content

Leiderman, Karin

Karin Leiderman

Associate Professor
Phillips Hall 324I

Research Interests

Mathematical biology, mathematical modeling of biochemical systems, especially blood coagulation, and computational biofluid dynamics


Professional background

B.S. in Mathematics from University of New Mexico, 2001; M.S. in Mathematics from University of New Mexico, 2004; Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Utah 2010; Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University, 2010-2012; Assistant Professor at University of California Merced, 2012-2016; Assistant Professor at Colorado School of Mines, 2016-2019; Associate Professor at Colorado School of Mines, 2019-2022; Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022-present


Research Synopsis

I am a mathematical biologist interested in the biochemical and biophysical aspects of blood clotting and emergent behavior in biological fluid-structure interaction problems. I especially love mathematical modeling, where creativity, biological knowledge, and mathematical insight meet. My goal is to use mathematical and computational modeling as a tool to learn something new about a biological system, not just to simply match model output to experimental data. My research paradigm includes an integration of mathematical and experimental approaches, together with statistical analyses and inference, to determine mechanisms underlying complex biological phenomena. This paradigm culminates in the contextualization of my findings to both the mathematical and biological communities. My research program is focused mainly on studying the influence of biochemical and biophysical mechanisms on blood coagulation, clot formation, and bleeding, although I also dabble in the study of fluid-structure interactions between microorganisms and their environment.



Dr. Saenz in Endeavors

Dr. Saenz in Endeavors

This interview with Dr. Saenz was featured in the July 2021 issue of UNC's research magazine, Endeavors Jason Metcalfe Recognized

Jason Metcalfe Recognized

Congratulations to Jason Metcalfe who has been appointed Bowman and Gordon...