Research Advisor

Stowers Institute research advisors function as internal consultants on research projects requiring highly specialized technical expertise. They work closely with scientific core centers and other research advisors to develop and apply novel methods to solve biological problems. The majority of research advisor-supported projects are multidisciplinary collaborations and research advisors help manage and coordinate projects that require input from multiple labs and core facilities. The level of multidisciplinary support research advisors provide to Stowers investigators is unprecedented in the academic community.



Boris Rubinstein
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As a biomathematician, Boris Rubinstein primarily assists Institute researchers with complex data analysis, modeling and numerical/symbolic programming but his expertise extends to biophysical and systems biology questions, image processing and analysis as well as protein interaction network analyses.

Born and raised in Russia, Rubinstein received a M.Sc. in nuclear physics from the Ural State Technical University in Sverdlovsk and a Ph.D. in optics from Irkutsk State University in Siberia, Russia. After two years at the Metal Physics Institute, USSR Academy of Sciences in Sverdlovsk, he accepted a postdoctoral position at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. After a short stint at a small start-up company called Kernel Knowledge, where he helped to develop a widely used symbolic computer algebra software Mathematica, he returned to the Technion as a research engineer.

In 2000, he accepted a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University, Chicago, where he focused on the numerical stability analysis of two-phase hydrodynamic flows and discovered a new type of crystallization process dynamics. Prior to joining the Stowers Institute as a biomathematician in 2007, Rubinstein spent five years in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis, where he became interested in biological questions and started to study the motion of living cells. During that time he also solved an old number theory problem posed by Euler in 1748.