Victor V. Matveev, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of mathematical sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology whose research focuses on computational neuroscience, biophysical modeling and numerical simulation of synaptic function and its mechanisms. Matveev uses analytical methods and computational techniques, from stochastic modeling to numerical solution of partial and ordinary differential equations. He typically collaborates with experimental neurophysiologists, developing models to explain and fit the experimental data.
His current projects include the study of the mechanisms of short-term synaptic facilitation and other calcium-dependent processes involved in neurotransmitter secretion, as well as the modeling of intracellular calcium diffusion and buffering. He is also investigating the activity of synaptically coupled neuronal circuits, exploring the influence of synaptic properties on network behavior.
To facilitate his research, Matveev has been developing a software application he’s dubbed the “Calcium Calculator.” The software is designed for solving the reaction-diffusion equation arising in the study of intracellular calcium dynamics, and is used by several research laboratories throughout the world in their work on calcium-dependent cell processes.
A prior recipient of the CSLA Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Matveev received NJIT's Excellence in Upper Division Undergraduate Instruction award in 2011.
Matveev has played a central role in curricular development within the department. He also has mentored fifteen undergraduate students as part of a National Science Foundation grant to train undergraduate students in mathematics and biology.
Matveev received his PhD in physics from SUNY Stony Brook.
Last update: October 21, 2011
Topics: computational neuroscience, biophysical modeling, numerical simulation of synaptic function, stochastic modeling, calcium calculator