Brenae Bailey                                   
Instructor, Department of Mathematics
Ph.D. Candidate, Program in Applied Mathematics
University of Arizona

Contact Information:

E-mail: bbailey (at)

Phone: (520) 626-8536

Office: MTL 124C


My current research is in stochastic processes in molecular biophysics. Specifically, I am studying programmed ribosomal frameshifting in viral protein synthesis. My model aims to predict translation rates and frameshift efficiencies of sequences of RNA based on the physics of molecular interactions. My advisors are Joe Watkins (Mathematics) and Koen Visscher (Biophysics). Previous projects have included the orbital evolution of a class of planetesimals in the solar system, agent-based modeling of swarm behavior, and star formation in dwarf galaxies.

I am also very interested in education and outreach. For the 2009-2010 school year I worked with Arnulfo Velasquez at Wakefield Middle School as a G-TEAMS Fellow. G-TEAMS (Graduate Students and Teachers Engaging in Mathematical Sciences) is a GK-12 program funded by the National Science Foundation to pair graduate students in STEM fields with K-12 teachers.


Teaching Statement

Research Statement

Math for middle school students


Fall, Spring 2013

                        Math 263, Introduction to Statistics

                        Math 302B, Understanding Elementary Mathematics B


            Fall 2012

                        Math 112, College Algebra

                        Math 122B, Calculus I



                        Math 302A, Understanding Elementary Mathematics A

                        Math 254, Ordinary Differential Equations (TA)


Bailey, B. L., Visscher, K., and Watkins, J.   A stochastic model of translation with -1 programmed ribosomal frameshifting.  Submitted.

Bailey, B. L. and Malhotra, R. (2009).  Two dynamical classes of Centaurs.  Icarus, 203, 155-163.

Dale, D. A., and Bailey, B. L. (2003). Physics in the art museum. The Physics Teacher, 41, 82-83.

Thronson, H. A., Rapp, D., Bailey, B., and Hawarden, T. G. (1995). Ecological niches in infrared and sub-millimeter space astronomy: expected sensitivity as a function of observatory parameters. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 107, 1099-1118.

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