Past Events

  • 2018 Jun 19

    Pizza Talk: TBD

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563
    Title: TBD
  • 2018 Jun 01

    Theory Lunch: Peter Sterling

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563

    Department of Neuroscience
    Perelman School of Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania

    Title: Allostasis, a new principle of physiological regulation, and its implications for human design

    Abstract: Allostasis denotes a broad strategy for regulating physiology and behavior. The brain senses the internal milieu, the external environment, and consults its database to predict what will likely be needed. Then it computes the optimal response and commands every cell in the body. The brain rewards a better-than-...

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  • 2018 May 18

    Theory Lunch: Nikolai Slavov

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    WAB563

    Department of Bioengineering
    Northeastern University

    Title: Understanding and controlling cell differentiation using single-cell mass-spectrometry

    Abstract: For decades, scientists and physicians have used antibodies, fluorescent proteins, and MALDI-TOF to identify or quantify a few different proteins per cell. These methods have enabled new discoveries, and even spawned new fields, e.g., understanding the role of noise in gene expression. However, many pressing needs in medicine and transformative opportunities in...

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  • 2018 May 04

    Theory Lunch: Karen Abbott

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563

    Department of Biology
    Case Wester Reserve University

    Title: Ecological stability in a stochastic world

    Abstract: Sudden, persistent changes in ecosystem state or configuration, known in ecology as regime shifts, are difficult to predict and a cause of great concern. A large, stable prey population may suddenly collapse to an alternative low-density state in response to a stochastic perturbation, for example, or stochasticity may trigger outbreaks in pest populations that were previously stably suppressed. To...

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  • 2018 Apr 27

    Theory Lunch: Sahand Jamal Rahi

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563

    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Switzerland

    Title: Using dynamical stimuli to differentiate network topologies

    Abstract: Biology emerges from interactions between molecules, which are challenging to elucidate with current techniques. An orthogonal approach is to probe for 'response signatures' that identify specific circuit motifs. For example, bistability, hysteresis, or irreversibility are used to detect positive feedback loops. For adapting systems, such signatures are not known. Only two circuit motifs...

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  • 2018 Apr 20

    Theory Lunch: Douglas Erwin

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563

    Department of Paleobiology
    National Museum of Natural History

    Title: Evolutionary novelty, innovation and evolutionary possibility

    Abstract: One of the more peculiar facts about evolution is the under-dispersion of organisms in any evolutionary space: cats are cats, pangolins are pangolins, anomalocariids are anomalocariids and never the twain shall meet. Indeed, the very fact that we can recognize and name discrete entities reflects the gaps between them. Why? If Darwin were right, adaptation driven by natural selection...

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  • 2018 Apr 17

    Pizza Talk: Mengying Zhou

    12:30pm

    Location: 

    WAB 563
    Title: Mechanistic insights into the human intrinsic apoptosis pathway by the structural studies of the apoptosome holoenzyme
     

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