Dr. Michael Deem from Rice University will be giving a talk for the general public this Tuesday at OU. It will be
Tuesday Jan. 29. 7:00 PM George Lynn Cross Hall (GLCH) 123.
Even though he is a professor of Bioengineering, his talk is right in our wheelhouse:
Title: In Search of Fundamental Mathematical Laws of Biology
Abstract: I will describe my participation over the past few years in an effort to find fundamental mathematical laws in biology. I will discuss a theory for understanding the emergence of multi-scale, hierarchical structure in biology. I will describe how modular structure in proteins, genetics, and biological networks may arise and how it can be understood. I will show the implications of the theory for engineering design, and I will discuss additional examples of structure formation in ecological food networks, developmental pathways, physiology, and social networks. I will then turn to theories of the immune system and describe a theory of the immune response to vaccines. I will illustrate this theory by application to design of the annual influenza vaccine. I will use this theory to explain limitations in the vaccine for dengue fever and to suggest a transport-inspired amelioration of these limitations.
(Sadly, there probably won’t be pizza.)