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2017 Cargese Summer School on Theoretical Biophysics
26 June - 7 July 2017
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October 2016 - applications open
26 March 2017 - application deadline
Gorgeous resort of Cargese on the Mediterranean island of Corsica (France), at
Institut des études scientifiques de Cargèse
Registration fees are 850 euros and include accomodation and lunches. Some help will be available for students who request it, depending on our funding situation.
, University of Texas Austin
, University of Rome La Sapienza
Collective behaviour in animal groups and biological systems
, University of Cologne
The physics of fast evolutionary processes
, CNRS & Ecole normale supérieure.
Network inference and applications to proteins and neurons; continuous attractors and phase transitions, from neuroscience to machines.
Pieter Rein ten Wolde
, AMOLF Amsterdam
Cellular information transmission
Erik van Nimwegen
, University of Basel
Probabilistic Models in biology and evolution
, University of California San Diego
Biological sensing and decisions
, University of Pennsylvania, "Perturbation and Control of Human Brain Network Dynamics"
, CNRS and Ecole normale supérieure, "Reconstucting Fitness Landscape of Proteins from Sequence Data"
, Yale University, "Diversity and collective behavior in bacterial migration"
Jordi Ojalvo Garcia
, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, "Cellular regulation in space and time"
, MIT, "Cancer as an evolutionary process"
, University of Chicago, "Unpacking the retinal code through the lens of prediction"
, Imperial College London, "Decoding cellular signals during cell decision-making: lessons from hES cells"
, Northwestern University, "Physical approaches to learning and inference"
, Université de Nice, "Olfactory navigation"
From the point of view of physics, biological systems stand out due to their complexity and heterogeneity. Living systems span many length and timescales, and are constantly kept out of equilibrium by active energy-consuming processes. Understanding their functioning poses a major challenge to traditional physical approaches. It is often difficult to predict the overall behavior of a biological system just from knowing, often partially, the behavior of their individual components. Can we understand how a cell tissue collectively moves in response to an external stimuli, merely based on the contacts between neighboring cells? Similarly, can one predict how a swarm of birds or insects react to a threat? On another scale, how do interactions between pairs of amino acids in a protein determine its function? How does a neural network encode information about the collective activity of these cells? Can we predict the next dominant strain of influenza by studying its evolution in response to immune defenses of infected populations? Despite their diversity, these questions have in common the emergence of a global and collective phenomenon from a sum of local interactions. Can we formulate these problems in a common language, and use it to make relevant and reliable biological predictions?
This summer school will bring students together with an outstanding set of lecturers to explore these questions.
Perturbation and Control of Human Brain Network Dynamics
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