Physics of Bacterial Growth

OCT 13, 2017 | 9:30 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4102: Science Center


October 13, 2017: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences and CUNY doctoral program in Physics and Biology


The growth of bacteria provides a literal microcosm of the problems faced by all cells and organisms. Growth requires extracting energy from the available nutrients, and this in turn requires coordinated expression of the genes that code for metabolic enzymes. During the growth process itself cells have to make multiple decisions, with life-or-death consequences. These problems of coordination and decision making in turn highlight issues of noise and information flow that recur in many different biological contexts. In this symposium we will explore these issues, from experiments on the precision and variability of growth to the search for collective behavior in the underlying control networks and the interplay between individuals and populations.

Hanna Salman (University of Pittsburgh): Universality and individuality in growth and expression dynamics 
Naama Brenner (Technion): Global celluar variables: Fluctuations and homeostasis
Ariel Amir (Harvard University): How does single cell variability affect population growth?
Daniele De Martino (IST Austria): Statistical mechanics for metabolic networks 

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