Castillo-Chavez (CCC) is a native of Mexico who immigrated to Wisconsin
over 28 years ago where he held non-academic
jobs before returning to school. CCC
enrolled in the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (1975) where he
majored in Spanish Literature and Mathematics in 1976.
CCC completed his Masters degree in mathematics in 1977 at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Ph.D. in 1984 at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison. CCC
taught for a year at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma (1984-85) before
accepting a position as a postdoctoral student in the Department of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University.
Simon Levin, now at Princeton University, was his mentor from
19985-1988. CCC joined the Cornell faculty in 1988 as an assistant
professor of biomathematics, was promoted to associate professor in 1991,
and to full-professor in 1997.
received various awards including two White House Awards (1992 and 1997),
a QEM Giant in Science Mentoring Award (2000), and SACNAS distinguished
senior scientist award (2001). In
addition, CCC was named distinguished alumni by the UW-Stevens Point
Alumni Association (1999); Professor Plenario by the Universidad de
Belgrano (Argentina, 1996); and held a Catedra Patrimonial by the
Institute of Applied Mathematics (IIMAS) at National University in Mexico
(UNAM, 1998). He was selected as the 2003 Ulam Scholar by the Center for
Nonlinear Dynamics (CNLS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
established the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute in 1996.
MTBI supports and fosters research activities primarily among
underrepresented minority undergraduate students who are enrolled at
non-selective US universities. During the regular academic year, MTBI also
mentors and supports underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate
students from various universities who are working in the mathematical or
statistical sciences. MTBI
has mentored and trained over 170 undergraduate students (mostly from
underrepresented minority groups) in the mathematical and statistical
sciences over the past seven summers.
About 50% of these students are currently enrolled in graduate
programs across the nation. CCC received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1997, in part, for the work that
he carried out in MTBI.
holds joint appointments in the Departments of Statistics, Biological
Statistics and Computational Biology and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
at Cornell University. In addition, he is a member of the graduate fields
of applied mathematics, biometry, epidemiology, ecology and evolutionary
biology, statistics and theoretical and applied mechanics. CCC's research
involves the use of dynamical systems (broadly understood so as to include
stochastic processes) and
computational approaches in the study of questions arising in the fields
of ecology and evolutionary biology, epidemiology, demography, social
dynamics, homeland security and
research is driven by the study of the role of social dynamics (social
landscape) on disease evolution. CCC
has carried out specific research on HIV/AIDS, influenza, Chagas Disease,
Dengue, Tuberculosis, life history evolution, cooperative learning,
dynamics of drug abuse and addiction, and the dynamics associated with the
spread of ideologies . CCC received a Presidential Faculty Fellowship
Award (1992-1997) for his interdisciplinary research and leadership
efforts. CCC's research and
education programs have been funded by various funding sources including
the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National
Security Agency, and the Sloan Foundation. He founded in 1997, the
Cornell-Sloan fellowship program in the mathematical and statistical
sciences at Cornell University, a program that he has directed ever since.
CCC has published over one hundred research articles, edited four volumes,
and co-authored a textbook on mathematical biology with Fred Brauer
(2001). All of These volumes have been published by Springer-Verlag. In
addition, he is putting a volume together with Tom Banks on possible
contributions to homeland security that will be published in SIAM's
series, Frontiers in Applied Mathematics.
CCC has three children (Carlos. W., Melissa A., and Gabriela C.) and is married to Nohora Londono, a native of Armenia, Colombia.