The Stochastic Physics in Biology GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The problem of understanding multiscale processes is central to the study of biology – how do cells achieve organized behavior at the population/tissue level from a set of fluctuating processes at the biochemical level? The physical theory of complex systems has been central to answering questions of this nature by framing these organizational processes as emergent behaviors.
As an interdisciplinary field of study, research that aims to understand multiscale cellular processes is characterized by a diversity of approaches: theory, models, and biological experiments. This range of disciplines and approaches often employ different techniques, perspectives, and “languages” to describe similar ideas, which can be confusing even for seasoned experts. As such, trainees studying multiscale cellular processes must understand diverse perspectives and learn to communicate outside of their own expertise. At this GRS, trainees will have the opportunity to present and learn from their peers who are learning to navigate this rapidly-changing field and will shape its future. The GRS centers discussion and engagement among trainees to foster conversation and collaboration.