Since July 2015, I have been fortunate to contribute to a transformation in STEM pedagogy at the grass-root level in college education. I have participated in developing and teaching novel Mathematics and Statistics courses for freshman Life Sciences students at UCLA. A unique aspect of this innovative approach has been the merger of Mathematical and Statistical modeling with computing, tied with inclusive student-centered approaches. Our bright and self-motivated undergraduate students further enrich my teaching experience by staying on track and applying what they learn in class, to conduct research in the Biological Sciences. They further show an overwhelming kindness to their professor by developing an interest and appreciation for Math in Life Sciences!

These state-of-the-art interdisciplinary courses have been developed by the UCLA team to address a need for applicable Math and Statistics with a strong focus on modern computing using Python.

LS40: Statistics of Biological Systems (Taught 2 times, Class size: 80 – 150 students)

Spring 2020 (Ongoing), Winter 2020

LS30B: Mathematics for Life Scientists (Taught 3 times, Class size: 40 – 200 students)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2018

LS30A: Mathematics for Life Scientists (Taught 6 times, Class size: 20 – 250 students)

Spring 2020 (Ongoing), Summer 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Winter 2017,  Fall 2016

LS20: Quantitative Concepts in Life Sciences (Taught 4 times, Class size: 20 – 60 students)

Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Summer 2015, Fall 2015

– Dr. V




Integration of Math and Science summer 2016 workshop conducted by the Academic Advancement Program at UCLA. Dr. V enjoyed teaching Math models of Epidemiology to these bright high school VIP scholars!

OCNS*2019 Board Meeting, Organization for Computational Neuroscience (Barcelona, Spain)

Professional Development Workshop Organizers @ OCNS*2019, Organization for Computational Neuroscience (Barcelona, Spain)