Honors Program

Honors in Mathematics

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Michele M. Joyner

Thesis Professor Department

Mathematics and Statistics

Thesis Reader(s)

Allan Forsman, Jeff Knisley


Levofloxacin is in a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, which treat infections by killing the bacteria that cause them. A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model was developed to investigate the uptake, distribution, and elimination of Levofloxacin after a single dose. PBPK modeling uses parameters such as body weight, blood flow rates, partition coefficients, organ volumes, and several other parameters in order to model the distribution of a particular drug throughout the body. Levofloxacin is only moderately bound in human blood plasma, and, thus, for the purposes of this paper, linear bonding is incorporated into the model because the free or unbound portion of the drug is the only portion that is considered to be medicinally effective. Parameter estimation is then used to estimate the two unknown parameters given clinical data from literature on the total concentration of Levofloxacin in the blood over time. Once an adequate model is generated, the effects of varying Body Mass Index are tested for the absorption and distribution of Levofloxacin throughout the body.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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