Computer Science Colloquium, 02/27/2014

FEB 27, 2014 | 4:15 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




February 27, 2014: 4:15 PM




Computer Science Colloquium

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 4:15pm, room 9205
Katherine St. John
Lehman College

Analyzing Phylogenetic Treespace

Evolutionary histories, or phylogenies, form an integral part of much work in biology. In addition to the intrinsic interest in the interrelationships between species, phylogenies are used for drug design, multiple sequence alignment, and even as evidence in a recent criminal trial. A simple representation for a phylogeny is a rooted, binary tree, where the leaves represent the species, and internal nodes represent their hypothetical ancestors. This talk will focus on some of the elegant questions that arise from assembling, summarizing, visualizing, and searching the space of phylogenetic trees, as well as delve into the computational issues of modeling non-treelike evolution.

The Colloquium is supported by generous contributions from the Bloomberg, Information Builders, Inc., and Netlogic, Inc.

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