Evolutionary Dynamics and Influenza - A Symposium on the Physics of Biological Function

OCT 12, 2018 | 9:30 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4102: Science Center


October 12, 2018: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, PhD Program in Physics and Biology, and Center for the Physics of Biological Function


Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

What the 1918 flu taught us about adaptation to self
Benjamin Greenbaum, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Minimal fitness models for evolutionary predictions 
Marta Luksza, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Universality in rapidly adapting populations 
Richard Neher, University of Basel 

Learning influenza infection dynamics from genetic data
Daniel Weissman, Emory University