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Professor Diana W. Verzi

Mathematic Departments

Professor Diana W Verzi

Faculty East #110-720 Heber Avenue
Calexico, CA 92231
Office Hours Spring 2013

Diana W. Verzi

joint appointment to

Department of Mathematics and Statistics San Diego State University San Diego CA 92158  Division of Liberal Arts and Sciences SDSU-Imperial Valley Campus Calexico CA 92231 


Claremont Graduate Schoool

Ph.D. Mathematics

Arizona State University

Master of Arts in Mathematics
San Diego State University

BA in Mathematics
Magna cum laude, with distinction in mathematics
Clear CA single-subject
math teaching credential


Teaching Positions

SDSU-IV Associate Professor

Math faculty and program coordinator

University of California-Davis

Visiting research assistant professor
Sacramento City College


Arizona State University

Mathematics Instructor
Scottsdale Community College

California State Polytechnic-Pomona

Calculus Instructorr
Mt. San Antonio Community College

Marvey Mudd College

Teaching Assistant-Differential Equations
Calexico High School

Mathematics Teacher

Program Development and Research Accomplishments

  • Undergraduate mathematics major-development, coordination and advising.

  • Implement CRMSE-NSF math curriculum and instruction in liberal studies.

  • Video-conferencing to diversify instruction and curriculum.

  • Technology implementation for mathematics program-hardware and software, workshops for adjunct faculty.

  • “Monty” Alumni Faculty Award for outstanding service to the university 05-06.

  • REUT Research experience for undergraduates and teachers, SDSU Math 2009.

  • Sabbatical to Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore Fall 2007, data mining in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, NIH program.

  • Chair-Liberal studies advisory and member-RTP committee, SDSU-IV Campus.

  • Thesis committees: MS in computer science, PhD in computational biology.

  • Professional Growth

    Articles in refereed journals

  • A simple 1-D physical model for the crawling nematode sperm cell. Mogilner A and Verzi DW (2003) J. Statistical Physics 110, 1169-1189.

  • Balancing freedom and security in the Patriot Act 2001. Verzi DW and Coates B. (2004) J. Interdisciplinary Mathematics 7-1, 29-39.

  • Modeling activity-dependent synapse restructuring. Verzi, DW (2004) Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 66, 745-762.

  • Calcium-mediated spine stem restructuring (2005) Verzi DW, and Baer SM. J. Mathematical and Computer Modeling 42, 151-165.

  • Impact of time-dependent changes in spine density and spine shape on the input-output properties of a dendritic branch: A computational study. Verzi DW, Rheuben MB, Baer, SM (2005) J. Neurophysiology 93, 2073-2089 .

  • An exposition of Liouville-Green asymptotics (2005) Verzi DW J. Interdisciplinary Mathematics 8, 399-418.

  • A compartmental model for activity-dependent spine branching (2009) Verzi DW and Noris OY. Bull. Math. Biol. 71(5), pp1048-1072.

  • The geometry and motion of nematode sperm cells (2009) Demekin E, Haugen N, Ibanez B, Lederman J, Murphy K, Verzi D and Witczak D, J. Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton 66, pp317-327.

  • Modeling activity rhythms in fiddler crabs (2009) Dugaw CJ, Honeyfield R, Taylor CM, and Verzi DW, Chronobiology International 26(7), pp1355-1368.

  • Modeling HIV and the infant immune response (2010) Buenrostro A, Diaz K, Gonzales, CP, Gorritz M, and Verzi DW, J. Interdisciplinary Mathematics 13(1), pp57-76.

  • Subset selection processes to identify significant input variables for nonlinear target functions (2011) Verzi DW. J. Interdisciplinary Mathematics 14(3), pp303-320.

  • Wading into a theoretical model for Parkinson's disease. Verzi, DW, in Parkinson's Disease, Book 6, Juliana Dushanova, Ed. InTech Publishing (Rijeka, Croatia, 2011).

  • A Markov Decision Model for At-Risk Schools in the United States under "No Child Left Behind" Dorame D, Sanchez A, Ramirez C and Verzi DW, submitted April 2011, J. of Interdisciplinary Mathematics.

  • Two-dimensional continuum model for the crawling nematode sperm cell, Verzi DW. Submitted August, 2011, Cytoskeleton.

  • America, China and India: A 3-D competition model for economic and strategic interests (2011) Verzi, DW and Coates BE. Submitted September, 2011, J. Regional Science.

  • Do implicit female negative associations with mathematics display cultural or regional biases? DelAngel R, Verzi DW (submitted November, 2011 Indian J. Gender Studies).

  • Imperial Valley Wetlands: A model to improve water quality in south-central California, Verzi DW, Burt J, Lemus R, and Amidon W. (in progress) (collaboration with local undergraduates).

  • Technical Reports

  • Los Alamos National Laboratories: Adaptive Methods for Accelerating Monte Carlo Convergence for MCNP for the 21st Century Project (1996-1998).

  • University of Southern California Industrial Science Institute MOSIS Program: Mathematical models for electrical potential in sub-micron channel length semi-conductors (1999).

  • Research Grants

  • SDSU Faculty Grants Committee of the University Research Council: Faculty grant in aid to extend research on cell motility 2002-04.

  • NSF-AWM: Travel Grant to participate in Joint International Conference on Mathematical Biology, Hilo HW (2001).

  • SDSU Faculty Development Program: Release time for research 2004-05.

  • NIH-MRISP: Release time and funding for undergraduate RA to extend research in synapse restructuring 2005-06.

  • SDSU sabbatical grant to study data mining in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging (BLSA), Johns Hopkins Medical Institute - Baltimore MD, Fall 2007.

  • SDSU-University Grant Program - release time to expand research in data mining for frailty syndrome from BLSA meta data.

  • Trainings Grants

  • University of California Office of the President -California Mathematics Project Imperial Valley Mathematics Project 2002-06.

  • UCOP Mathematics Professional Development Institutes 2002-03.

  • Gateway Project: Imperial and Orange Counties math professional development coordination program for teachers in K-8 2004-06.

  • NSF-REUT 0647384 SDSU mathematics, summer 2008: Team leader research experience for undergraduates and teachers in mathematical biology.

  • Teaching Grants

  • Annual SDSU Instructionally Related Activities Grant to take students to California Mathematics Council Conference in Palm Springs CA 2001-present.

  • SDSU Instructionally related activity grant to take students to Joint Mathematics Meeting in Phoenix AZ Feb 2004.

  • Title V writing and technical mini-grants to improve instruction 2002-06.

  • Other Grants Applications

  • NSF Proposal 0354238 Imperial Valley Research Experience submitted under Enhancing Mathematical Workforce—21st century.

  • NSF Proposal 0436296 Imperial Valley Biological Research Program submitted under NSF Interdisciplinary training in mathematics and biology

  • DOE F 4650-2 Theoretical Studies in Cell Migration submitted under DOE Early Career Principal Investigator Program in Applied Mathematics.

  • NSF Proposal 06-591 Mentoring Biology in the Imperial Valley, submitted under NSF undergraduate research mentoring - high priority rating for pre-proposal.

  • Research Area: Mathematical Physiology

  • Crawling of animal cells across surfaces
  • A simple 1D model of crawling nematode sperm cell.Journal of Statistical Physics March 2013

  • The geometry and motion of nematode sperm cells.J. Cell Motility and Cytoskeleton, accepted March 2009

  • Current research is aimed at dissecting the complex processes of how cells move across surfaces into simpler phenomena that can be more easily analyzed. Phenomenological models, based on conservation laws, have been formulated and solved numerically and analytically.

    Interdependent changes in neuroanatomy and activity associated with learning and memory.

    Activity-dependent synapse restructuring. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology June 2004.

    Calcium mediated spine stem restructuring.J. Math and Computer Modeling 2005.

    Activity-dependent dendritic spine branching.Accepted Jan 2009, Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.

    Current research is aimed at dissecting the relationship between electrical/chemical activity and structure in hippocampal dendritic arbors. Experimenters draw diagrammatic models to try to explain the dynamics of slow structural change and rapid changes in activity. We formulate mathematical descriptions for these models.