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John Lygeros co-organizes Stochastic Systems Biology workshop

Workshop on Stochastic Systems Biology

Dates: 19-23 July 2011
Location: Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verita, Switzerland

Organizers: Mustafa Khammash (U.C. Santa Barbara), John Lygeros (ETH Zurich), Joerg Stelling (ETH Zurich)

Scope and Aim:
Uncertainty and randomness play a central role in many processes in biology. For example, uncertainty is inherent in the biochemical reactions governing all aspects of cell behavior; it is therefore a fact of life, quite literally, at the molecular level. In addition to random encounters between molecules giving rise to chemical reactions, uncertainty also manifests itself at other levels of the biological organization, from random encounters between cells giving rise to organogenesis to random encounters between animals in population dynamics.

The aim of this three day workshop is to expose the synergies that will allow methods from mathematics, engineering, computer science, physics, and biology to jointly address the challenges randomness poses in our understanding of biological systems. The workshop will bring together leading researchers from all these fields that have faced and addressed the issue of uncertainty in biological processes from different perspectives. Our hope is that this interaction will promote a new, common understanding of the issues, sparking follow on research in this novel and challenging field.

The workshop will be organized around themes (origins of stochasticity in biological systems, experimental methods, computational tools, etc). Each theme will be introduced by a keynote address setting the stage, followed by technical presentations exposing details of particular aspects, poster sessions to provide the opportunity to students and junior researchers to present their work, and brain storming discussions to summarize the key concepts and lessons learned. The keynote addresses will have a substantial tutorial element, to introduce the non-experts to the different fields. This will make the workshop ideal for students and young researchers who are interested in getting involved in this area. Students and researcher with an established interest are encouraged to submit proposals for abstracts to be included in the poster sessions. For more information abstract submission and registration, please visit the workshop website at:

Further Information

Jul 23, 2011   
Contact Person:

John Lygeros