UC Davis Mathematics

Sam Walcott

Associate Professor
Mathematical Biology
Ph.D., 2006, Cornell University
Math arXiv
AMS Math Reviews

Web Page: http://www.math.ucdavis.edu/~swalcott/
Email: swalcott@math.ucdavis.edu
Office: MSB 2148
Phone: 530-754-0384


Sam Walcott does research in mathematical biology. In particular, he is interested in using mathematical models to predict macroscopic biological function from single molecule mechanics (mechanobiology). Topics of recent interest are muscle contraction and the response of cells to mechanical stimuli. This research benefits greatly from extensive experimental collaborations.

Selected Publications

  1. Walcott, S, and S. X. Sun. " A mechanical model of actin stress fiber formation and substrate elasticity sensing in adherent cells," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(17): 7757-7762, 2010. manuscript here.

  2. Srinivasan, M.,* and S. Walcott.* "Binding site models of friction due to the formation and rupture of bonds: state-function formalism, force-velocity relations, response to slip velocity transients, and slip stability," Physical Review E, 80(4): 046124, 15 pp., 2009. *Contributed equally.

  3. Walcott, S., and S. X. Sun. "Hysteresis in cross-bridge models of muscle," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 11(24): 4871-4881, 2009. manuscript here.

  4. Walcott, S., and W. Herzog. "Modeling residual force enhancement with generic cross-bridge models," Mathematical Biosciences, 216(2): 172-186, 2008. manuscript here.

  5. S. Walcott. "The load dependence of rate constants," Journal of Chemical Physics, 218(21): 21501, 10 pp., 2008. manuscript here.

Last updated: 2011-09-08