Jonathan Rubin Professor, PhD

501 Thackeray
Phone: 412-624-6157
Mathematical Biology
Applied Analysis


Dr. Rubin majored in Mathematics as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary and received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1996.  He was a Zassenhaus Assistant Professor and then a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at The Ohio State University before joining the Pitt Mathematics faculty in 2000.  In addition to his Mathematics position, he is a Graduate Faculty member, a Center for Neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh Graduate Training Faculty member, a member of the Center for the Basis of Neural Cognition, an affiliate of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and a Visiting Professor in Computational Biology.  Six students have completed their Ph.Ds at Pitt under Dr. Rubin's supervision.

Research Interests

The general topic of my research is spatiotemporal pattern formation in coupled cell networks.  The overall goal of this research is to understand how the intrinsic dynamics of network elements interacts with the architecture and properties of coupling to drive network activity.  Most of my work is motivated by neuroscience applications, such as understanding transitions between activity patterns in respiratory pacemaker networks or figuring out the mechanism underlying the therapeutic efficacy of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease.


PhD, Brown University (Applied Mathematics)