# PhD Student Lisanne Rens wins H.D. Landahl award for Mathematical Biophysics

Lisanne Rens holding the HD Landahl prize certificate, at the SMB 2017 annual meeting in Salt Lake City

CWI PhD student Lisanne Rens has been awarded the 2017 H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award. Every two years, the Society for Mathematical Biology gives out this reward in recognition of a scientist who is making outstanding scientific contributions to the advancement of mathematical biology during their doctoral studies. With the award, the Society for Mathematical Biology Awards Committee honors Rens for her outstanding contributions modeling cell migration and shape changes in developmental systems. Rens has received a certificate and a cash prize of 500 USD at the 2017 SMB Annual Meeting held on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on July 17-20, to which she was invited.

Herbert D. Landahl was a pioneer in the field of mathematical biology. In 2017, the H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award recognizes the scientific contributions made by a graduate student fellow who is making exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology. In the next cycle (in 2019), the award it will recognize a postdoctoral fellow with a record of exceptional scientific contributions to mathematical biology.

In February 2017, Rens and her colleagues showed with a mathematical model that active cell contractions can accelerate and facilitate the reorientation of cells, see ‘Cells’ own contractions stimulate growth orientation’.