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


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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