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Quantitative Biology: Frontier at the interface of the physical & life sciences

Simons Foundation Lectures

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

New York, NY

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Quantitative Biology: Frontier at the interface of the physical & life sciences

A lecture by Terry Hwa
Professor
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.

Schedule

Tea                                                     4:00p

Lecture                                              4:30-5:30p

Q&A                                                   5:30-6:00p

Location

Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
Simons Foundation
160 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
(Entrance on 21st Street)
New York, NY  10010

The Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium offers accessible seating to patrons with special access needs. Please fill out the special accommodations request when ordering your ticket online.

Upcoming Theory and Biology Lectures:

Wednesday, October 9: Ila Fiete, University of Texas at Austin

Wednesday, December 4: L. Mahadevan, Harvard University

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Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium, Simons Foundation
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)


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Simons Foundation Lectures

The Simons Foundation launched the Simons Foundation Lectures in 2013 with the intention of drawing area scientists and scholars together around diverse and important topics in mathematics, physics, computer science, life sciences and autism research.  

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