ATLANTA—Professor Yi Jiang has been named as the inaugural Frady Whipple Endowed Professor in Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences at Georgia State University.

Portrait of Yi Jiang

Yi Jiang

The endowed professorship, which sits in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, was established with a generous gift from Patty and D.R. Grimes, an alumnus of the department. The professorship was named after Charles Frady and Kenneth Edward Whipple, two former faculty members remembered fondly by Grimes.

Jiang’s research focuses on developing mathematical models and analysis tools with applications in biology and biomedicine. Her published papers range in topics from cancer progression and treatment, eye diseases, bacterial dynamics, and, more recently Covid-19 epidemiology.

Jiang, who has two patents pending, is also an Affiliate Member of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute and of the Emory Eye Center.

“This professorship will allow me to free up more time to devote to research.”

Jiang said, “I’m honored and humbled to receive this appointment, and am very grateful for the support from the department and college.”

Alexandra Smirnova, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, said Grimes returned to Georgia State to complete his B.S. in mathematics after a long and successful career in internet banking.

“At that time, Dr. Jiang was his professor in the Senior Seminar class, and D.R. Grimes was greatly impressed with her brilliant instruction,” Smirnova said.

“Dr. Jiang also has a stellar research record in the field of applied mathematics and bioinformatics and has published over 125 papers,” Smirnova said. “And she mentored many Ph.D., M.S. and undergraduate students. We salute Dr. Jiang on this well-earned appointment.”

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