Robert M. Miura FRSC

Distinguished Professor,Departments of Mathematical Sciences
           and of Biomedical Engineering
       Graduate Faculty, Department of Biological  
       Sciences, Rutgers-Newark

Department of Mathematical Sciences
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey  07102 USA

Office 515A Cullimore Hall
Phone 973-596-5464 - Office
973-596-5782 - Department
Fax 973-596-5591
Office Hours
Mon and Thurs 1-2:30 PM or by Appointment

Robert M. Miura is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  The Department of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) is located in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA) at NJIT.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at NJIT has ten active mathematical biologists, comprising the largest group of math biologists in a mathematics department in North America.  Seven of these math biologists focus their research on computational neuroscience, including two whose research is on the electrophysiology of the nervous system.  Graduate students in DMS can earn a Ph.D. degree in mathematical sciences, with an emphasis in the field of computational biology. Undergraduate students in mathematical sciences can earn a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences and are given the opportunity to conduct leading edge research.


University of  California, Berkeley (1960)
University of  California, Berkeley (1962)
Princeton University (1964)
Princeton University (1966)

Research Interests

Applied Mathematics
  •    Asymptotic and Perturbation Methods
  •    Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations Arising in Conservative Systems and Reaction-Diffusion Systems
  •    Quantitative, Qualitative, and Numerical Methods for Analyzing Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations
  •    Lattice Gas Algorithm
  •  Nonlinear Wave Propagation -- Spreading Cortical Depression
  •  Mathematical Biology -- Waves and Diffusion of Ions in the Brain
    •     Excitable Cells Including Neurons, Pancreatic Beta-Cells, and Cardiac Cells
    •     Temporal Summation and Normalization
    •     Dynamical Pathways to Diabetes
  •     Kinetic Model-Based Analysis of Microarray Data
  •    Bioinformatics
  •     Stretching of Heated Threads -- Glass Microelectrode Formation
  •     Direction Reversal in Brownian Motion


Fall 2013 -- Math 371 - Intro to Biomathematics: Physiology and Medicine
                  Math 671 - Asymptotic Methods I

AMS Fellow, 2013
SIAM Fellow, 2009
Leroy P. Steele Prize, 2006 (with C.S. Gardner, J.M. Greene, and M.D. Kruskal)
AAAS Fellow, 2005

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 1995
John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1980-1981
UBC Senior Killam Fellowship, University of British Columbia, 1980-1981

Curriculum Vitae:


Recent Publications List:
  • Yiming Cheng, Bin Tian, and R.M. Miura, "Mathematical Modeling of Alternative Polydenylation In the Human Gene, CSTF3*"(2013) SIAM J. Appl. Math. pp. 1793-1810  
  • J. Chang, K.C. Brennan, D. He, H. Huang, R.M. Miura, P.L. Wilson, and J.J. Wylie,"A mathematical model of the metabolic and perfusion effects on cortical spreading depression" (2013) PLoS One, 8 (2013) e70469. 
  • H. Huang, R.M. Miura, and Wei Yao, "A Simplified Neuronal Model for the Instigation and Propagation of Cortical Spreading Depression" (2011) Adv. Appl. Math. Mech. pp. 759-773  
  • H. Huang, R.M. Miura, and J.J. Wylie, "Restricted Diffusion in Celluar Media: (1+1) - Dimensional Model" (2011) Bull. Math. Biol. pp. 759-773  
  • M.R. Rodrigo, and R.M. Miura, "Exact and Approximate Traveling Waves of Reaction-Diffusion Systems via a Variational Approach"(2011)Analysis and Applications pp. 187-199  
  • Wei Yao, H. Huang, and R.M. Miura, "A Continuum Neuronal Model for the Instigation and Propagation of Cortical Spreading Depression"(2011) J. Fluid Mech Vol. 571  
  • R.M. Miura, H. Huang, and J.J. Wylie, "Cortical spreading depression:  An enigma"(2007)
  • P.D. Howell, J.J. Wylie, H. Huang, and R.M. Miura, "Stretching of heated threads with temperature-dependent viscosity: Asymptotic analysis", Disc. Cont. Dyn. Syst. B, 7 (2007), 553-572.
  • H. Huang, J.J.Wylie, R.M. Miura, and P. Howell, "On the formation of glass microelectrodes", SIAM J. Appl. Math, 67 (2007), 630-666  
  • J.J. Wylie, H. Huang, and R.M. Miura, "Thermal instability in drawing viscous threads", J. Fluid Mech., 570 (2007), 1-16  
Complete Publications List

(last updated : 11/1/13)