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Complexity in Life Sciences: Combining Biological and Computational Approaches

15 Aug 2011

Workshop on Tuesday 6 September 2011 in Frank Adams Room, Alan Turing Building


Complexity in the Life Sciences arises (1) due to the non-linear mechanisms frequently involved and (2) due to the complex data generated by ever more sophisticated experimental techniques.

It is becoming increasingly recognised (also by the research councils) that the major problems in biology cannot be solved by life scientists alone but that cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts in mathematical and computational methods has a crucial role. The aim of this workshop is to catalyse such collaborations. In some cases, the pay-off may be ‘quick wins’ on research questions; in other cases, it may be the establishment of research links that will facilitate future funding.

  • 1.00pm - 1.10pm Introduction
    Dr Rasmus Petersen (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • 1.10pm – 1.30pm Inhibiting inflammation by computational optimisation
    Dr David Brough (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • 1.30pm – 1.50pm Systems biology of multi-scale inflammatory signalling
    Dr Pawel Paszek (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • 1.50pm – 2.10pm Analysing the complexity of cell adhesion: A proteomic approach
    Dr Adam Byron (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • 2.10pm – 2.30pm Evolving networks of environmental cues and responses
    Dr Christopher Knight (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • 2.30pm – 3.00pm Coffee/Tea
  • 3.00pm – 3.20pm Dimensionality Reduction for Dynamical Systems
    Mr Chris Welshman (Mathematics)
  • 3.20pm – 3.40pm Functional Phylogenies
    Dr John Moriarty (Mathematics)
  • 3.40pm – 4.00pm TBA
    Dr Mark Muldoon (Mathematics)
  • 4.00pm – 4.20pm Fitness landscapes in biology and computation
    Dr Joshua Knowles (Computer Science)
  • 4.20pm – 5.20pm Discussion & Wine

Registration and organisers

if you are interested in attending this event, in the first instance please contact:

The organisers of the event are:

Further information can be found at the website:

The event is an initiative by The Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA) and the Faculty of Life Sciences.