Structure and dynamics, control and evolution

FEB 01, 2018 | 9:30 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


February 01, 2018: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences and PhD program in Biology


Biological function emerges from interactions among many constituent parts. How can we identify the most microscopic components from their encoding in the genome? How does evolution shape these components and thier interactions? Are there feedback mechanisms from macroscopic function back to the microscopic dynamics which guarantee functional outcomes? Are there notions of efficiency or optimality that select that parameters of these complex interaction networks? This symposium will explore theoretical approaches to these exciting questions across many scales, from individual RNA molecules to the spatial structure of populations, and from bacteria to brains. 

Efficient spike-based computations and expansive representations 
Alireza Alemi, University of California at Davis 

Adaptive division control in bacterial cells 
Shiladitya Banerjee, University College London 

Structural RNAs and how to find them
Elena Rivas, Harvard University 

Evolution in spatially-structured populations 
Daniel Weissman, Emory University 

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