Theory Lunch

"Chalk" talks (whiteboard only, no slideware) on conceptual issues in biological systems. Open to all.
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HMS, Warren Alpert Building, Room 563, 12-2pm, on most fridays during term

2018 Oct 19

Theory Lunch: Srividya Iyer-Biswas

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Title: Emergent simplicity in stochastic individual-cell dynamics

Abstract: In this talk I will address the following questions: What emergent rules govern the stochastic growth and division of individual cells (of unicellular organisms) and transcend the details of the underlying regulatory networks? What minimal stochastic model captures these dynamics and yields these laws? Why does it work so well? How can we reconcile observations at the population and single-cell levels? How is all this wisdom to be generalized when the growth...

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2019 Jun 28

Theory Lunch: Rafael Yuste

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

The NeuroTechnology Center
Columbia University

Title: Can you see a thought? Neuronal ensembles as emergent units of cortical function

2019 Jun 21

Theory Lunch: Peter Zandstra

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

School of Biomedical Engineering
The University of British Columbia

Title: How does tissue and organ function emerge?

2019 Jun 14

Theory Lunch: Yvonne Chen

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Engineering living immunotherapy for cancer

2019 Mar 01

Theory Lunch: David Sivak

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Physics
Simon Fraser University

Title: Design principles of molecular machines: efficient control and functional coupling

2018 Dec 07

Theory Lunch: Nina Fefferman

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Math
University of Tennessee

Title: The evolution of social complexity as multiscale feedback control on networks

Abstract: Social organization in animal groups is an emergent property of self-organizing individual behaviors that can confer significant fitness benefits, but also incur significant costs. How can evolutionary forces shape the algorithms actors use to guide their own individual behaviors, even when the global outcome cannot be individually observed? We will...

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2018 Oct 05

Theory Lunch: Nicholas Pyenson

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution

Title: When and how does history matter in the marine realm? Ecology versus phylogeny.
 

2018 Sep 28

Theory Lunch: Galit Lahav

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School

Title: Keeping Up with Moving Targets in Cells and Science

 

Abstract: Many signaling molecules exhibit complex dynamical behaviors. Scientific goals are also not static, and often change as the result of new technologies and knowledge. In this talk I will share the main questions that my lab perused in the last decade...

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2019 Jun 07

Theory Lunch: David Stern

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Title: How does everything evolve?

2019 May 03

Theory Lunch: Katie Pollard

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology
University of California, San Francisco

Title: Massively parallel dissection of gene regulatory enhancers

2019 Mar 29

Theory Lunch: Ran Kafri

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto

Title: TBA

2019 Mar 22

Theory Lunch: Nitin Phadnis

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Biology
University of Utah

Title: Genetic conflicts and speciation

2019 Mar 15

Theory Lunch: Daniel Jarosz

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Departments of Chemical & Systems Biology and Developmental Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Title: Remembering the past: protein-based inheritance in development, disease, and evolution
 

2019 Mar 08

Theory Lunch: Dervis Can Vural

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Department of Physics
University of Notre Dame

Title: The rise and fall of evolutionary sand castles

Abstract: Evolutionary forces can lead to the formation of interdependence between anatomic components within an organism, between individuals in social populations, and between species in ecological settings. The structure of interdependence can take a wide variety forms depending on the relative strengths of neutral drift and selection, but in all cases, will make the system vulnerable to catastrophic failures. In this...

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2019 Feb 22

Theory Lunch: John Dabiri

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

WAB 563

Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

Title: Using ideas from fluid dynamics to analyze genomic data

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