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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Biomathematics Seminar: Biology is Simple

Presented by Prof Timothy Newman, University of DundeeBio: Tim Newman is Professor of Theoretical Physics and SULSA Chair of Systems Biology at the University of Dundee. He studied theoretical physics at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, and then pursued research in complex systems as a postdoctoral

1 December 2015 14:00 in Department of Mathematical Sciences

I will present some perspectives on an overtly "simple" (but, definitely not simplistic!) approach to biology that my theory group has adopted over the past few years, and which has led, we believe, to some useful insights. This experience complements the "big data" approach and mindset which is threatening to consume the life sciences, and yet, importantly, is not just "pasting physics onto biology". I will also aim to discuss in some detail one or two of some recently completed projects on gene regulatory networks [1], cancer metastasis [2] and DNA replication [3].

1. Buffered Qualitative Stability Explains the Robustness and Evolvability of Transcriptional Networks
L. Albergante, J. J. Blow, and T. J. Newman, eLife 3 e02863 (2014).
2. Quantifying Metastatic Inefficiency: Rare Genotypes versus Rare Dynamics
L. H. Cisneros and T. J. Newman, Physical Biology 11 046003 (2014).
3. Replisome Stall Events Have Shaped the Distribution of Replication Origins in the Genomes of Yeasts
T. J. Newman, M. A. Mamun, C. A. Nieduszynski, and J. J. Blow, Nucleic
Acids Research 41 9705-9718 (2013).

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