Jonathan Rubin

  • Professor and Department Chair, PhD

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, a member of the SIAM Fellows Class of 2021, and a Visiting Professor in Computational Biology. 14 students have completed their PhDs at Pitt under Dr. Rubin’s supervision or co-supervision. He has also mentored 8 postdoctoral fellows.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Brown University (Applied Mathematics)

Research Area

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.