Information flow in bacterial communities

FEB 21, 2020 | 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


February 21, 2020: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences


Unicellular organisms do not lead solitary lives. They sense one another, both passively and through active signaling; they share nutrients, both competing and cooperating; and they exchange genetic material. The last decade has seen renewed appreciation for these communal behaviors, which have captured the attention of the physics community as accessible examples of problems ranging from signaling and metabolic control to ecology and evolution.

Quorum-sensing communication: from viruses to bacteria to eukaryotes
Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University

Toy models for evolution in many environments and high dimensions
Mikhail Tikhonov, Washington University in St Louis

Quantitative laws in bacterial genome evolution
Erik van Nimwegen, University of Basel

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.