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CCMB Seminar: "Synchrony and its Breakdown"

by Dr. Indika Rajapakse (University of Michigan)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
4:00-5:00 PM
Forum Hall, 4th Floor Palmer Commons Map
A Seminar by Complex Systems Affiliated Faculty Member Indika Rajapakse,
Associate Professor of Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

CCMB Seminar Series – sponsored by DCMB

Abstract: Synchronization occurs all around us. It underlies how fireflies flash as one, how human heart cells beat in unison, and how superconductors conduct electricity with no resistance. Synchronization is present in the precision of the cell cycle, and we can explore how breakdown of precision leads to disease. The many unique and fundamental functions of different cell types are achieved over and over independently, through a form of synchronization involving choreography of many proteins and genes. I will share a general historic and descriptive introduction to synchrony, including the classic work of Alan Turing. I will present some new work done jointly with Cleve Moler (MathWorks) and Steve Smale (UC Berkeley), where biology has inspired us to build new mathematical techniques to explore synchrony and its breakdown.
Building: Palmer Commons
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Bioinformatics, Natural Sciences, research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics