Anita T. Layton

  • Robert R. & Katherine B. Penn Professor of Mathematics
  • Professor in the Department of Mathematics
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering (Secondary)
External address: 213 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Phone: (919) 660-6971

Research Areas and Keywords

Biological Modeling
mathematical biology, mathematical physiology, mathematical modeling, kidney physiology, renal hemodynamics, diabetes, multiscale modeling, fluid-structure interactions, computational fluid dynamics, numerical partial differential equations, feedback control, systems biology
Computational Mathematics
mathematical biology, mathematical physiology, mathematical modeling, kidney physiology, renal hemodynamics, diabetes, multiscale modeling, fluid-structure interactions, computational fluid dynamics, numerical partial differential equations, feedback control, systems biology
PDE & Dynamical Systems
mathematical biology, mathematical physiology, mathematical modeling, kidney physiology, renal hemodynamics, diabetes, multiscale modeling, fluid-structure interactions, computational fluid dynamics, numerical partial differential equations, feedback control, systems biology

Mathematical physiology. My main research interest is the application of mathematics to biological systems, specifically, mathematical modeling of renal physiology. Current projects involve (1) the development of mathematical models of the mammalian kidney and the application of these models to investigate the mechanism by which some mammals (and birds) can produce a urine that has a much higher osmolality than that of blood plasma; (2) the study of the origin of the irregular oscillations exhibited by the tubuloglomerular feedback (TGF) system, which regulates fluid delivery into renal tubules, in hypertensive rats; (3) the investigation of the interactions of the TGF system and the urine concentrating mechanism; (4) the development of a dynamic epithelial transport model of the proximal tubule and the incorporation of that model into a TGF framework.

Multiscale numerical methods. I develop multiscale numerical methods---multi-implicit Picard integral deferred correction methods---for the integration of partial differential equations arising in physical systems with dynamics that involve two or more processes with widely-differing characteristic time scales (e.g., combustion, transport of air pollutants, etc.). These methods avoid the solution of nonlinear coupled equations, and allow processes to decoupled (like in operating-splitting methods) while generating arbitrarily high-order solutions.

Numerical methods for immersed boundary problems. I develop numerical methods to simulate fluid motion driven by forces singularly supported along a boundary immersed in an incompressible fluid.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto (Canada) 2001

  • M.S., University of Toronto (Canada) 1996

  • B.A., Duke University 1994

  • B.S., Duke University 1994

Dantzler, WH, Pannabecker, TL, Layton, AT, and Layton, HE. "Urine concentrating mechanism in the inner medulla of the mammalian kidney: role of three-dimensional architecture." Acta physiologica (Oxford, England) 202.3 (2011): 361-378. Full Text

Layton, AT, and Layton, HE. "Countercurrent multiplication may not explain the axial osmolality gradient." Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 301 (2011): F1047-F1056. (Academic Article)

Lei, T, Zhou, L, Layton, AT, Zhou, H, Zhao, X, Bankir, L, and Yang, B. "Role of thin descending limb urea transport in renal urea handling and the urine concentrating mechanism." American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology 301.6 (2011): F1251-F1259. Full Text

Edwards, A, and Layton, AT. "Modulation of outer medullary NaCl transport and oxygenation by nitric oxide and superoxide." Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 301.F979-F996 (2011). (Academic Article)

Layton, AT. "Feedback-mediated dynamics in a model of a compliant thick ascending limb." Math Biosci 228.2 (December 2010): 185-194. Full Text

Chen, J, Edwards, A, and Layton, AT. "Effects of pH and medullary blood flow on oxygen transport and sodium reabsorption in the rat outer medulla." Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 298.6 (June 2010): F1369-F1383. Full Text

Layton, AT, Pannabecker, TL, Dantzler, WH, and Layton, HE. "Functional implications of the three-dimensional architecture of the rat renal inner medulla." Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 298.4 (April 2010): F973-F987. Full Text

Layton, AT, Pannabecker, TL, Dantzler, WH, and Layton, HE. "Hyperfiltration and inner stripe hypertrophy may explain findings by Gamble and coworkers." Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 298.4 (April 2010): F962-F972. Full Text

Gilbert, RL, Pannabecker, TL, and Layton, AT. "Role of interstitial nodal spaces in the urine concentrating mechanism of the rat kidney." FASEB JOURNAL 24 (April 2010).

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