Quantitative Biology: Frontier at the interface of the physical & life sciences
A lecture by Terry Hwa
Department of Physics, Division of Physical Sciences
Section of Molecular Biology, Division of Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
The 21st century is said to be the century of biology, with promise for designed manipulation of biological organisms for engineering, and for informed personalized medical intervention. However, a prerequisite for realizing these dreams is a quantitative, predictive understanding of living systems, which in turn requires a new type of science (and scientist) that combines biological expertise with novel methodologies and theoretical abstraction.
In this talk, Terry Hwa will illustrate the opportunities that exist at this new frontier using examples encountered during his work as a theoretical physicist. At the molecular level, a maximum entropy principle can turn variations in the sequence composition of related proteins into a procedure to inform the prediction of protein folding and protein-protein interactions; at the cellular level, the application of phenomenological ‘growth laws’ can make quantitative predictions about bacterial response to genetic and environmental perturbations. And at the population level, dynamic mechanisms can generate spatiotemporal patterns in an expanding cell population.
Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY 10010
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