Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty Name: Dr. Abdul Salam Jarrah
Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
College/School: College of Arts & Sciences
Department: Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Office Location: NAB 252
Phone: +(971) 6 515 2397
Fax: +(971) 6 515 2950
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Teaching Areas  
Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, and Calculus.
Research Areas
Biomathematics, discrete dynamical systems, computational systems biology, and computational commutative algebra.
  • PhD, New Mexico State University, USA, 2002.
Professional Experience  
  • Adjunct Faculty, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 2011 - present.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE, 2009 - present.
  • Affiliate, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 2005 - present.
  • Senior Research Associate, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,VA, USA, 2004-2009.
  • Assistant Professor of Applied mathematics, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA, 2002-2004.
American Mathematical Society (AMS), Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB), Society for Industrial and Applied mathematics (SIAM), Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Academic and Professional Awards  
  • A Mathematical model of Early Immune Response to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. AED 14,953.00. Awarded to Dr. Abdul Salam Jarrah by American University of Sharjah, 2012.
  • Polynomial Dynamical Systems Over Finite Fields: From Structure to Dynamics. AED 1,000,000.00. Awarded to Dr. Abdul Salam Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher by National Science Foundation, 2009.
  • Mathematical Algorithms for Computer Simulations. AED 552,000.00. Awarded to Dr. Abdul Salam Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher by National Science Foundation, 2005.
  • Mathematical Foundation of Computer Simulations. AED 59,241.00. Awarded to Dr. Abdul Salam Jarrah by Virginia Tech, 2003
Selected Research, Scholarship and Creative Work
  • Carbo, Adria, Raquel Hontecillas, Barbara Kronsteiner, Monica Viladomiu, Mireia Pedragosa, Pinyi Lu, Casandra W. Philipson, Stefan Hoops, Abdul Jarrah, and Josep Bassaganya-Riera. "Systems Modeling of Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Cytokine-driven CD4+ T Cell Differentiation and Phenotype Plasticity." PLoS Computational Biology 9, no. 4 (April, 2013): 1003027.
  • Laubenbacher, Reinhard, Abdul S. Jarrah, Henning S. Mortveit and S.S. Ravi. "Mathematical Formalism for Agent Based Modeling." In Computational Complexity, edited by Robert Meyers,88-104. New York: Springer, 2012.
  • Hinkelmann, Franziska, and Abdul Jarrah. "Inferring Biologically Relevant Models: Nested Canalyzing Functions." ISRN Biomathematics 2012 (June, 2012): 7.
  • Hinkelmann, Franziska, David Murrugarra, Abdul Jarrah, and Reinhard Laubenabcher. "A Mathematical Framework for Agent Based Models of Complex Biological Networks." Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 73, no. 7 (July, 2011): 1583-1602
  • Dimitrova, Elena, I. Mitra, and Abdul Jarrah. "Probabilistic Polynomial Dynamical Systems for the Reverse Engineering of Gene Regulatory Networks." EURASIP Journal on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology 2011, no. 1 (June, 2011): 2011:1.
  • Dimitrova, Elena, Luis David García-Puente, Franziska Hinkelmann, Abdul Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher, Brandilyn Stigler, Michael Stillman, and Paola Vera-Licona. "Parameter estimation for Boolean models of biological networks." Theoretical Computer Science 412, no. 26 (June, 2011): 2816-2826.
  • A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, A. Veliz-Cuba (2010). The Dynamics of Conjunctive and Disjunctive Boolean Network Models. Bull. Math. Bio. Vol. 72, Issue 6, 1425-1447
  • A. Veliz-Cuba, A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher (2010). Polynomial Algebra of Discrete Models in Systems Biology. Bioinformatics, Vol. 26, Issue 13, 1637- 1643
  • Abdul Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher. "On the Algebraic Geometry of Polynomial Dynamical Systems." In Emerging Applications of Algebraic Geometry Emerging Applications of Algebraic Geometry, edited by S. Sullivant and M. Putinar,109-123. New York: Springer, 2009
  • Laubenbacher, Reinhard, Abdul Salam Jarrah. "Chapter 7 - Algebraic Models of Biochemical Networks." In Methods in Enzymology, edited by Michael L. Johnson and Ludwig Brand,163-196. Academic Press, 2009.
  • N. Kuminoff and A. Jarrah (2009). A new approach to computing hedonic equilibria and investigating the properties of locational sorting models. Journal of Urban Economics. Vol. 67, Issue 3, 322-335
  • R. Laubenbacher, V. Hower, A. Jarrah, S. V. Torti, V. Shulaev, P. Mendes, F. M. Torti, and S. Akman (2009). A systems biology view of cancer. Biochim Biophys Acta. Vol. 1796, No. 2, 129-139
  • Abdul Salam Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher. "Finite Dynamical Systems: A Mathematical Framework for Computer Simulation." In Mathematical Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and e-Learning, edited by Dialla Konaté,343-358. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.
  • E. Sontag, A. Veliz-Cuba, R. Laubenbacher, A. Jarrah (2008). The Effect of Negative Feedback Loops on the Dynamics of Boolean Networks. Biophysical Journal. Vol. 95, 518-526
  • M. Shapiro, K. Duca, , K. Lee, E. Delgado-Eckert, J. Hawkins, A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, N. Polys, V. Hadinoto, and D. Thorley-Lawson (2008). A Virtual Look at Epstein-Barr Virus Infection: Simulation Mechanism. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Vol. 252, 633-48
  • A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, and B. Raposa (2007). Nested Canalyzing, Unate Cascade, and Polynomial Functions. Pyhsica D: Nonlinear, Vol. 233, 167-174
  • A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, B. Stigler, and M. Stillman (2007). Reverse- Engineering of Polynomial Dynamical Systems. Advances in Applied Mathematics, Vol. 39, 477-489
  • F. Castiglione , K. Duca, A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, D. Hochberg, and D. Thorley-Lawson (2007). Simulating Epstein-Barr Virus Infection with CImmSim. Bioinformatics, No. 11, Vol. 23, 1371-1377
  • O. Colon-Reyes, A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher, and B. Sturmfels (2006). Monomial Dynamical Systems over Finite Fields. Complex Systems, No. 4, Vol. 16, 333-342
  • A. Jarrah, R. Laubenbacher and V. Romanovski (2003). The Sibirsky Component of the Center Variety of Polynomial Differential Systems. Journal of Symbolic Computation, Issue 5, Vol. 35, 577-589
  • A. Jarrah (2002). Integral Closures of Cohen-Macaulay Monomial Ideals. Communications in Algebra, No. 11, Vol. 30, 5473-5478
  Conference Presentations
  • Laubenbacher, Reinhard, Alan Veliz-Cuba, and Abdul Jarrah. "Polynomial algebra of discrete models in systems biology." Paper presented at the International Conference on Systems Biology, Edinburgh, UK, December 10-15, 2010.
  • Laubenbacher, Reinhard, Abdul Jarrah, Elena Dimitrova, Brandilyn Stigler, and Paola Vera-Licona. "System Identification for Discrete Polynomial Models of Gene Regulatory Networks." Paper presented at the 15th IFAC Symposium on System Identification, 2009, Saint-Malo, France, December 6-8, 2009
  • Polynomial Dynamical Systems: A Framework for Agent-Based Modeling, Simulation and Control. NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Optimal Control and Optimization for Individual-based and Agent-based Models, Univ. of Tenn., Knoxville, TN. December 2009.
  • Inferring Gene Regulatory Networks as Boolean Nested Canalyzing Networks. Workshop on Algebraic Methods in Systems Biology and Statistics, SAMSI, Raleigh, NC. August 2008.
  • Dimitrova, Elena, Abdul Jarrah, Reinhard Laubenbacher, and Brandilyn Stigler. "A Gröbner fan method for biochemical network modeling." Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation, Waterloo, Canada, December 28-30, 2007.
  • Jarrah, Abdul, and Reinhard Laubenbacher. "Discrete Models of Biochemical Networks: The Toric Variety of Nested Canalyzing Functions." Paper presented at the Second International Conference, AB 2007, Castle of Hagenberg, Austria, December 2-4, 2007.
  • Jarrah, Abdul, H. Vastani, K. Duca, and R. Laubenbacher. "An Optimal Control Problem for in vitro Virus Competition." Paper presented at the 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Nassau, USA, December 14-17, 2004
  • Discrete Algebraic Models of Biological Networks. Reed Mathematics Colloquium, Reed College, Portland, OR. March 2009.

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