Contact Information

Email: kjjarvis [at] ucdavis [dot] edu

Office: Mathematical Sciences Building, Office 2125

About Me

I'm currently a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Mathematics program at UC Davis. I enjoy research in Mathematical Biology and have a passion for teaching. When I'm not researching or helping calculus students, I love to travel and watch SF Giant's baseball!

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, I'm interested in using mathematics to answer interesting questions about biology and human physiology. More specifically, my PhD research is in the field of muscle contraction, with an emphasis on modeling at the molecular level. The main objective of my current work is to develop a comprehensive theory of contraction that spans from the molecular to whole cell levels and provides a deeper understanding of muscle contraction and fatigue. To read more about my past and current projects, see my research page

Pathways Intern, NASA Ames Research Center 

I am an intern in the Diagnostics and Prognostics Group at NASA Ames Research Center. My current research is focused on improving computational efficiency of prognostics algorithms. 

Current Teaching

I am currently tutoring all levels of mathematics. The courses I have taught in previous quarters at UC Davis are listed on my teaching page.

Current Activities and News

  • I am grateful to have received the People's Choice award for my talk at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Biophysics, in December 2020. 

  • I am honored to be a UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year! 

  • ​I am the Vice President of the UC Davis student chapter of the Biophysical Society. Follow us on Twitter! 

  • I recently founded an organization at Pioneer High School to expose young women to a diverse set of STEM careers. I am always looking for inspiring women in STEM to join me for a weekly meeting with the students. Please contact me if interested! 

  • I'm an active member of the UC Davis student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics. Visit our website to read about our upcoming events.