Evolutionary Dynamics and Influenza - A Symposium on the Physics of Biological Function
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- 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
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
In recent years, ideas and methods form statistical physics have reshaped our understanding of simple models for evolutionary dynamics, as well as suggesting new approaches to the analysis of large scale sequence data. Viruses, and their interactions with their hosts, provide a natural laboratory for these ideas. In addition, the practical problem of designing flu vaccines forces us to address the question of whether the dynamics of evolution, often held up as quintessentially random and contingent, can be predicted. The centennial of the 1918 flu epidemic provides an opportunity to explore these issues, sharpening our questions.
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What the 1918 flu taught us about adaptation to self
Benjamin Greenbaum, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Universality and predictability in RNA virus evolution
Richard Neher, University of Basel
Minimal fitness models for evolutionary predictions
Marta Luksza, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Learning influenza infection dynamics from genetic data
Daniel Weissman, Emory University
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