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Department of Mathematics


Paula Vasquez

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2632
Office: LeConte 350
Office Hours: MWF 12:30-1:30pm
Resources: My Website
Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Paula Vasquez


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Delaware 2007
M.B.A., Goldey Beacom College 2002
B.S., Facultad de Minas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia 1998


Associate Professor, 2019-Present, University of South Carolina
Assistant Professor, 2013-2019, University of South Carolina
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2007, University of Delaware

Courses Taught

MATH 141 Calculus I
MATH 142 Calculus II
MATH 172 Math Modeling for the Life Sciences
MATH 520 Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 544 Linear Algebra
MATH 550 Vector Analysis
MATH 599/BIOL 599 Topics in Mathematics/Biology
MATH 709 Foundations of Computational Mathematics II
MATH 720 Applied Mathematics I
MATH 728 Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics


Research conducted in Dr. Vasquez's group spans a broad range of topics related to the mathematical modeling of complex fluids and soft matter including multiscale modeling and simulation of viscoelastic fluid flows, viscoelastic and diffusive transport processes in biopolymers, dynamic organization of chromosomes in yeast cells, and pituitary organogenesis.

The common thread in their research is the close collaboration between mathematicians and researchers from the biology, physics, chemistry and engineering fields. Dr. Vasquez has established the Complex Fluids Lab as part of the Math Department at UofSC. This lab is used both as a complement to our modeling and simulation approaches and as educational tool whose main objective is to show math majors how to apply experimental principles to formulate mathematical models and to interpret the data; and to non-math majors how models provide rigorous information about a given process arising from experimental data and once formulated and solved, afford predictions beyond the experiments.

Selected Publications

  • H. Kim, J. L. Bauer, P.A. Vasquez and E.M. Furst. “Structural coarsening of magnetic ellipsoid particle suspensions driven in toggled fields.” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 52.18 (2019): 184002.
  • C. Hult, D. Adalsteinsson, P.A. Vasquez, J. Lawrimore, M. Bennett, A. York, D. Cook, E. Yeh, M.G. Forest, and K. Bloom. “Enrichment of dynamic chromosomal crosslinks drive phase separation of the nucleolus.” Nucleic Acids Research, 45(19), 11159-11173, 2017.
  • J. Lawrimore, T.M. Barry, R.M. Barry, A.C. York, B. Friedman, D.M. Cook, K. Akialis, J. Tyler, P.A. Vasquez, E. Yeh, and K. Bloom. "Microtubule dynamics drive enhanced chromatin motion and mobilize telomeres in response to DNA damage." Molecular Biology of the Cell, 28(12), 1701-1711, 2017.
  • P.A. Vasquez, C. Hult, D. Adalsteinsson, J. Lawrimore, M.G. Forest, and K. Bloom. "Entropy gives rise to topologically associating domains." Nucleic Acids Research, 44(12), 5540-5549, 2016.
  • M. Lysy, N.S. Pillai, D.B. Hill, M.G. Forest, J. Mellnik, P.A. Vasquez, and S.A. McKinley. "Model comparison and assessment for single particle tracking in biological fluids." Journal of the American Statistical Association, 111(516), 1413-1426, 2016.
  • P.A. Vasquez, Y. Jin, E. Palmer, D.B. Hill, and G. Forest, “Modeling and Simulation of Mucus Flow in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cell Cultures – Part I: Idealized Axisymmetric Swirling Flow.” PLOS Comput Biol 12(8), e1004872, 2016.

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