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Control and Modularity in Microbial Stress Response Pathways

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New Vistas
Prof. Adam Paul ARKIN
Department of Bioengineering and Chemistry University of California Melvin Calvin Laboratory Rm144 Berkeley, CA 94720
Jun 03, 2002   17:15

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Prof. M. Morari
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Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Arkin is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is also an Assistant Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a Faculty Scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His work is concerned with the analysis, control and engineering of complex chemical reaction networks, especially those that underlie cellular function. Current research includes: analysis of genetic regulatory networks and their stochastic mechanisms for generation of population diversity, design and implementation of novel genetic regulatory networks for cell-based biosensors, and development of biologist-friendly computer-aided analysis and simulation tools to aid in these projects. Dr. Arkin received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from M.I.T. in 1992 for development of novel in vitro molecular evolution techniques to engineer the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center for novel charge-transfer and optical properties and the design and implementation of a digital imaging spectrometer for the rapid functional screening of the generated mutant libraries. Dr. Arkin gained expertise in non-linear dynamics, stochastic process theory and nonequilibrium thermodynamics as a post-doctoral associate in Stanford Chemistry with Prof. John Ross. Dr. Arkin's work in genetic networks was pursued in a second post-doctoral position with Dr. Harley McAdams and Prof. Lucy Shapiro in the Stanford Medical School.