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Stochastic Physics in Biology
Gordon Research Conference

Foundations and Current Trends

Dates

January 11-16, 2015

Location

Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Organizers

Chair:
Steven J. Altschuler

Vice Chair:
Jin Wang

Meeting Description

This is the 3nd installment of the new Gordon Research Conference on Stochastic Physics in Biology. Our conference will bring together an emerging community of theorists and experimentalists that investigate fundamental questions about how living systems tolerate or utilize fluctuations, noise, or heterogeneity. Researchers will discuss current progress on uncovering emergent phenomena and design principles that allow cells to function, develop and evolve in the stochastic regime. The conference is organized to encourage discussion across different research communities focused on biological questions at diverse spatial and temporal scales. Talks from leading researchers and lively discussions will encompass current research topics in biochemical networks (day 1), cells (day 2), development (day 3), and evolution (day 4). The meeting will help support interdisciplinary research at the interface between biology, physics and mathematics.

Contributors

Final Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmStochasticity Across Spatial-Temporal Scales
Our opening speakers will highlight their research across the main organizing themes of this conference: networks, cells, development and evolution.
Discussion Leader: Ken Dill (Stony Brook University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:10 pmHong Qian (University of Washington, USA)
"Foundations for Stochastic Dynamical Descriptions of Living Processes"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:45 pmMarc Kirschner (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"The Origin of Specificity in Regulated Protein Degradation"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmLaura Lavine (Washington State University, USA)
"Condition-Dependent Growth and Development of the Exaggerated Weapons of Sexual Selection"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStochasticity in Disease and Cell Fate Networks
Discussion Leader: Roy Wollman (University of California, San Diego, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amJin Wang (Stony Brook University, USA)
"Regulatory Networks Underlying Cancer and Stem Cells"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amTanja Kortemme (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Prediction and Design of Protein-Protein Interactions and Dynamics"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amHao Li (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Physical Principles of Aging, Cancer and Death"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmSunney Xie (Harvard University, USA)
"Single-Cell Cancer Genomes"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStochasticity in Signaling Networks
Discussion Leader: Leor Weinberger (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Alistair Boettiger (Harvard University, USA)
"Super-Resolution Imaging of Chromatin Nano-Structure Reveals Principles of Genome Folding"
7:35 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Kevin Thurley (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Building Population-Level Response Curves from Individual Cell Ca+2 Interspike Intervals"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Maryam Aliee (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France)
"A Stochastic Model for a Gene Regulatory Network Involved in Plant Morphogenesis"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmAndre Levchenko (Yale University, USA)
"Noise and Information in Signaling Networks"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmLong Cai (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"Single Cell Analysis by Sequential FISH"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStochasticity in Cellular Organization
Discussion Leader: Nathalie Balaban (Hebrew University, Israel)
9:00 am - 9:30 amDaniel Needleman (Harvard University, USA)
"Stochasticity in Spindle Assembly"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amRoy Wollman (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Accurate Information Transmission Through Dynamic Biochemical Signaling Networks"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amWallace Marshall (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Biological Noise in the Flagellar Length Control System"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmAlexander Mogilner (New York University, USA)
"Effects of Noise in Actomyosin Contractility"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPrinciples and Consequences of Cellular Heterogeneity
Discussion Leader: Vito Quaranta (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Leonard Harris (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA)
"Intrinsic Stochasticity and Heterogeneous Drug Response in Cancer Cell Populations"
7:35 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Shicong Xie (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Interactions Between Contractile Events During Tissue Folding"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Franck Raynaud (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Shape-Motion Feedback in Rapidly Migrating Cells"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmLani Wu (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Heterogeneity of Drug Resistance in Cancer"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmNathalie Balaban (Hebrew University, Israel)
"Understanding the Variability of Growth in Single Cells"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHeterogeneity in Tissue Development and Homeostasis
Discussion Leader: Thomas Gregor (Princeton University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amLeor Weinberger (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Harnessing Noise for Therapy"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amBoris Shraiman (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, USA)
"Patterning and Growth in Development"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amStanislav Shvartsman (Princeton University, USA)
"Modeling Pattern Formation and Morphogenesis"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmAllon Klein (Harvard Medical School, USA)
"Statistical Physics, Homeostasis and Cancer in Colon Tissue"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStochasticity in Pattern Formation of Developing Tissues
Discussion Leader: Zev Gartner (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Samuel Skinner (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
"Single-Cell Analysis of Transcription Kinetics Across the Cell Cycle"
7:35 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Jacqueline Humphries (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"Population Dynamics Give Rise to Emergent Oscillations in Biofilm Growth"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Orit Peleg (Harvard University, USA)
"Optimal Intermittent Reorientation in Insect Navigation"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmClaude Desplan (New York University, USA)
"Stochastic vs. Deterministic Choices in the Visual System"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmThomas Gregor (Princeton University, USA)
"From Stochastic Transcription to Precise Expression Patterns in the Developing Embryo"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEvolution of Emergent Behaviors in Heterogeneous Cellular Populations
Discussion Leader: Daniel Fisher (Stanford Unviersity, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amGabor Balazsi (Stony Brook University, USA)
"Newcomer Network Evolution: From Non-Genetic to Genetic Drug Resistance and Back Again"
9:30 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:15 amPeter Robin Hiesinger (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
"Brain Wiring Evolution on the Fly"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:30 amDeborah Gordon (Stanford University, USA)
"The Ecology of Collective Behavior"
11:30 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:15 pmOskar Hallatschek (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"The Role of Noise in the Evolution and Function of Microbial Colonies"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEvolutionary Design Principles and Dynamics of Genomes and Proteins
Discussion Leader: Marc Kirschner (Harvard Medical School, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Taraneh Zarin (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Phosphorylation Site Turnover in Disordered Regions: Exploring a Stabilizing Selection Hypothesis"
7:35 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion
7:40 pm - 7:45 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Lei Dai (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Spatio-Temporal Dynamics Before Population Collapse"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmSelected from Poster Abstracts: Morgan Delarue (University California, Berkeley, USA)
"A Microfluidic Device to Confine a Cell Population"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:30 pmMichael Desai (Harvard University, USA)
"Dynamics of Genomic Sequence Evolution in Experimental Populations"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:15 pmRama Ranganathan (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
"The Evolutionary 'Design' of Proteins"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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