2010-11 Past Events

Quantitative Biology Bootcamp 2010-2011
January 16 & 17, 2011

Physics Department Colloquium
Co-sponsored by the Quantitative Biology Program
Statistical Mechanics and Virus Assembly
Robijn Bruinsma
UCLA
November 2, 2010
(host: Mike Hagan)


The assembly of a virus can be replicated in a controlled environment under conditions that are close to thermodynamic equilibrium.  This suggests that the methods and concepts of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics might be applicable and informative for the analysis of the spontaneous self-assembly of viruses.  In the seminar, some of the successes and failures of applying concepts borrowed from equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to viral assembly, such as the Law of  Mass Action and the Gibbs-Thomas effect will be discussed, as well as outstanding riddles.

Joint Biology & Biochemistry Seminar / Co-sponsored with Quantitative Biology Program
Jeffrey Gerst
Weizmann Institute of Science
October 27, 2010
(host: Bruce Goode)

Jeff's research is focused on the role of mRNA transport in cell polarization and morphogenesis. He has developed methods to visualize endogenous mRNAs in living cells for the first time. Using systematic gene-tagging, he has discovered that most, if not all, mRNAs are targeted within the cell to discrete destinations (specific organelles, and other sub-cellular structures).

Sean Brady
The Rockefeller University
October 12, 2010
(host:  Michael Marr)

QB students are invited to have lunch Wednesday Oct. 13th with Sean Brady.  RSVP.  Below is more detailed info on the science involved.

Sean's research centers on the discovery, biosynthesis and characterization of new, genetically encoded small molecules from microbial sources, with a special focus on those produced by uncultured soil bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. One area of particular interest is the development of methods to access new biologically active small molecules from uncultured bacteria.  Sean is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist. He was named a Searle Scholar, an Irma T. Hirschl Scholar, an Alexandrine and Alexander L. Sinsheimer Scholar and an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator.

Quantitative Biology Retreat
Woods Hole, MA
October 21-22/2011


Joint Biology/Biochemistry Seminar
co-Hosted by the Quantitative Biology Program

March 23, 2011
James L. Manley
Columbia University
Department of Biological Sciences
mRNA Processing and Links to Human Disease