Jennifer Linderman

Pamela Raymond Collegiate Professor of Engineering

[email protected]

(734) 763-0679


Chemical Engineering

B28-G045W NCRC
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Additional Title(s)

Director of the ADVANCE Program

Primary Website


University of Pennsylvania
PhD Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’87
MSE Chemical and Biochemical Engineering ’84

University of Rochester
BS ChE ’82

Research Interests

Research in the Linderman group uses approaches from computational and systems biology to understand and manipulate cell responses. Current work includes:

  1. multi-scale and multi-system approaches to understanding the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, focusing especially on cytokines, immunomodulation, antibiotic treatment, and generation of appropriate T cells
  2. developing mathematical models of signal transduction pathways, particularly for G-protein coupled receptors, and
  3. identifying potential therapeutic targets and optimizing drug delivery for breast cancer treatment.


Professional Experience

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pamela Raymond Collegiate Professor of Engineering, 2020
Director, ADVANCE Program, 2016-
Associate Dean for Graduate Education, College of Engineering, 2014-2016
Associate Director, ADVANCE Program, and Director of the ADVANCE Program in the College of Engineering, 2014-2016
Acting Director, ADVANCE Program, 2012-2013
Affiliated faculty member, Center for Computational Medicine and Biology (CCMB), 2006-present
Professor of Chemical Engineering, 2003-
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, 2003-
Assoc. Professor of Biomedical Engineering, 2000-2003
Faculty, Bioinformatics Program, 1998-present
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1995-2003
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1989-1995

Training program participation: Cellular Biotechnology Training Program, Regenerative Sciences Training Program, Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Program, Microfluidics in Biomedical Sciences Training Program.

Courses Taught


ChE 230, Thermodynamics I
ChE 342, Heat and Mass Transfer
ChE 344, Chemical Reaction Engineering
ChE 490, Directed Study & Research


ChE 510, Applied Mathematical Methods in ChE
ChE 518, Engineering Fundamentals in Biological Systems
ChE 607, Mathematical Modeling in ChE
ChE 616, Analysis of Chemical Signaling
ChE 696, Special Topics

Other Courses

Micro 505, Cellular Biotechnology
BME 590, Directed Research


Women’s Initiatives Committee’s Mentorship Excellence Award, 2019

Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award, 2017
The University of Michigan

Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, 2016
The University of Michigan

Phi Kappa Phi, 2015

CIC – Academic Leadership Program Fellow, 2012-2013

Fellow, 2000
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 1997
University of Michigan

Faculty Recognition Award, 1996
University of Michigan

Chemical Engineering Department Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994
University of Michigan

NSF Presidential Young Investigator, 1989-1994
National Science Foundation

G.G. Brown Assistant Professor Chair, 1987-1990
University of Michigan


See complete list of publications

Recent Journal Publications

Marino S, Cilfone N, Mattila JT, Linderman JJ, Flynn JL, Kirschner DE. “Macrophage polarization drives granuloma outcome during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, Infection and Immunity 83: 324-338, 2015.

Cilfone NA, Ford CB, Marino S, Mattila JT, Gideon HP, Flynn JL, Kirschner DE, Linderman JJ. Computational Modeling Predicts Interleukin-10 Control of Lesion Sterilization By Balancing Early Host-Immunity-Mediated Antimicrobial Responses With Caseation During Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection, J. Immunology 194: 664-677, 2015.

Pienaar E, Cilfone NA, Lin PL, Dartois V, Mattila JT, Butler R, Flynn JL, Kirschner D, Linderman JJ. A computational tool integrating host immunity with antibiotic dynamics to study tuberculosis treatment. J. Theoretical Biology 367: 166-179, 2015.

Gong C, Linderman JJ, Kirschner D. A population model capturing dynamics of tuberculosis granulomas predicts host infection outcomes. J. Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering 12: 625-642, 2015.

Cilfone NA, Pienaar E, Thurber GM, Kirschner DE, Linderman JJ. A systems pharmacology approach towards the design of inhaled formulations of rifampicin and isoniazid for treatment of tuberculosis. CTP: Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology 4: e22, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/psp4.22.

Linderman JJ, Cilfone NA, Pienaar E, Gong C, Kirschner DE. A multi-scale approach to designing therapeutics for tuberculosis. Integrative Biology 7: 591-609, 2015.

Chang SL, Cavnar SP, Luker KE, Takayama S, Luker GD, Linderman JJ. Cell, Isoform, and Environment Factors Shape Gradients and Modulate Chemotaxis. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0123450. doi:10.1371/journal/pone.0123450. 2015.

Sumit M, Neubig RR, Takayama S, Linderman JJ. Band-pass processing in a GPCR signaling pathway selects for NFAT transcription factor activation. Integrative Biology 7: 1378-1386. DOI: 10.1039/c5ib00181a. 2015.

Warsinske H, Ashley S, Linderman JJ, Moore B, Kirschner DE. Identifying mechanisms of homeostatic signaling in fibroblast differentiation. Bull Math Biol. DOI 10.1007/s11538-015-0096-2. 2015.

Pienaar E, Dartois V, Linderman JJ, Kirschner DE. In silico evaluation and exploration of antibiotic tuberculosis treatment regimens. BMC Systems Biology. DOI: 10.1186/s12918-015-0221-8. 2015.

Ziraldo C, Gong C, Kirschner DE, Linderman JJ. Strategic priming with multiple antigens can yield memory cell phenotypes optimized for infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis: A computational study. Frontiers in Microbiology 6: 1477. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01477. 2016.

Marino S, Gideon HP, Gong C, Mankad S, McCrone JT, Lin PL, Linderman JJ, Flynn JL, Kirschner DE. Computational and empirical studies predict Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific T cells as a biomarker for infection outcome. PLoS Computational Biology 12(4): e1004804. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004804. 2016.

Pienaar E, Matern WM, Linderman JJ, Bader JS, Kirschner DE. Multi-scale model of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection maps metabolite and gene perturbations to granuloma sterilization predictions. Infection and Immunity 84: 1650-1669, 2016.

Warsinske HC, Wheaton A, Kim KK, Linderman JJ, Moore BB, Kirschner DE. Computational modeling predicts simultaneous targeting of fibroblasts and epithelial cells is necessary for treatment of pulmonary fibrosis. Frontiers in Pharmacology 7:183. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2016.00183. 2016.

Sumit M, Takayama S, Linderman JJ. New insights into mammalian signaling pathways using microfluidic pulsatile inputs and mathematical modeling. Integrative Biology, DOI: 10.1039/c6ib00178e, 2017.

Books and Chapters

Fallahi-Sichani M, Marino S, Flynn JL, Linderman JJ, Kirschner DE. “A systems biology approach for understanding granuloma formation and function in tuberculosis”, in Systems Biology of Tuberculosis, J McFadden, DJV Beste, AM Kierzek, eds. Springer, 2012.

Marino S, Fallahi-Sichani M, Linderman JJ, Kirschner DE. “Mathematical models of anti-TNF therapies and their correlation with tuberculosis”, in Antibody-mediated Drug Delivery Systems: Concepts, Technology and Applications, Y. Pathak and S. Benita, eds., John Wiley and Sons, 2012.

Jovic, A, Takayama S, Linderman JJ. “Using microfluidics, real-time imaging and mathematical modeling to study GPCR signaling”, in G protein-coupled receptors: From Structure to Function (J. Giraldo and J-P Pin, eds.), The Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011.

Woolf, P.J., and Linderman, J.J., “From the Static to the Dynamic: Three Models of Signal Transduction in G-protein Coupled Receptors”, in Biomedical Applications of Computer Modeling, A. Christopoulos, ed., pp. 87-108, 2000.

Linderman, J.J., “Kinetic Modeling Approaches to Understanding Ligand Efficacy”, The Pharmacology of Functional, Biochemical, and Recombinant Receptor Systems, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology Volume 148, T. Kenakin and J. A. Angus, eds., Springer-Verlag, pp. 119-146, 2000.

Lauffenburger, D.A. and J.J. Linderman, Receptors: Models for Binding, Trafficking, and Signaling, Oxford University Press, 365 pp., 1993. Reprinted in paperback, 1996.

Linderman, J.J. and D.A. Lauffenburger, “Receptor/Ligand Sorting Along the Endocytic Pathway”, Lecture Notes in Biomathematics, Vol. 78. Springer-Verlag, 165 pp., 1989.