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Theory of Living Systems

Theory and computing at the frontier of modern life science

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About

Modern approaches to research in the life sciences are more quantitative than they have ever been.  Across a broad spectrum of fields, the precision, fidelity, and resolution of available data only continues to improve year on year.  This has so far proved transformative, leading to an increasing role for theory and computation, and raising the prospect of truly integrated approaches to the study of animate, living systems.

The Theory of Living Systems is a webcast seminar series and mailing list based out of Australia and New Zealand.  The aim is to promote cutting edge research at the interface of theory, computation and life science.

We hope to encompass a broad range of traditional disciplines, including (but not limited to) biophysics, systems biology, mathematical ecology, active matter, computational neuroscience, collective behaviour, and much more.

 

Upcoming Speakers

 
 

Past Speakers

  • Prof. Mukund Thattai (NCBS, Bangalore)
    Prof. Mukund Thattai (NCBS, Bangalore)
    20 Oct, 2:30 pm
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Graph-theoretic constraints on vesicle traffic networks
  • Dr. Ricard Alert Zenón (Center for Systems Biology, Dresden)
    Dr. Ricard Alert Zenón (Center for Systems Biology, Dresden)
    06 Oct, 5:00 pm
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Active Fluids: Topological Defects, Turbulence, and Phase Separation
  • Prof. Adelle Coster (UNSW)
    Prof. Adelle Coster (UNSW)
    11 Aug, 11:00 am AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Location and timing – regulation and control in the insulin signalling pathway
  • Prof. Antoine van Oijen (University of Wollongong)
    Prof. Antoine van Oijen (University of Wollongong)
    28 July, 12:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Single-molecule studies of DNA replication
  • Dr. Yolanda Schaerli (University of Lausanne)
    Dr. Yolanda Schaerli (University of Lausanne)
    14 July, 4:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Synthetic gene regulatory networks to study pattern formation and evolution
  • Prof. Ruth Baker (University of Oxford)
    Prof. Ruth Baker (University of Oxford)
    30 June, 4:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Identifiability and inference for models in mathematical biology
  • Dr. Hervé Turlier (Collège de France & CNRS)
    Dr. Hervé Turlier (Collège de France & CNRS)
    23 June, 4:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Toward a virtual embryo : a multidisciplinary journey
  • Dr. Paul François (McGill University)
    Dr. Paul François (McGill University)
    02 June, 10:00 am AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Biology in latent space
  • AMSI Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Challenges in Modelling Cellular Systems in Biology
    AMSI Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Challenges in Modelling Cellular Systems in Biology
    11 May, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
  • Dr. Edouard Hannezo (IST, Austria)
    Dr. Edouard Hannezo (IST, Austria)
    28 Apr, 5:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Mechano-chemical models of organoid morphogenesis and collective migration
  • Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg)
    Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich (Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg)
    14 Apr, 4:00 pm AEST
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Actuation and division of synthetic cells with DNA nanotechnology
  • Dr. Madhusudhan Venkadesan (Yale University)
    Dr. Madhusudhan Venkadesan (Yale University)
    31 Mar, 10:00 am AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Mechanics of feet and fins
  • Prof. M. Cristina Marchetti (UCSB)
    Prof. M. Cristina Marchetti (UCSB)
    03 Mar, 12:00 pm AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Biological Tissues as Active Materials
  • Prof. Sui Huang (Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle)
    Prof. Sui Huang (Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle)
    17 Feb, 12:00 pm AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Cell State Transitions: Attractors, Instabilities and Implications for Cancer treatment
  • Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science)
    Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science)
    09 Dec 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    The feeling isn’t mutual: non-reciprocality in active matter
  • Dr. Elizabeth Read (UC Irvine)
    Dr. Elizabeth Read (UC Irvine)
    25 Nov 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Noisy-omics: Statistical Inference and Stochastic Modelling to Shed Light on Gene Regulation
  • Dr. Douglas Brumley (University of Melbourne)
    Dr. Douglas Brumley (University of Melbourne)
    11 Nov 2020, 12:00 pm AEDT
    Zoom
    Cellular navigation in dynamic, noisy environments
  • Dr. Padmini Rangamani (UCSD)
    Dr. Padmini Rangamani (UCSD)
    28 Oct 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AEDT
    Theory of Living Systems Webinar
    Modeling membrane curvature generation: considerations of membrane-protein interaction and membrane-actin interactions

Selected recordings of previous webinars can be found on our YouTube channel.

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FAQs

 

What is the format?

TLS seminars have a broadly fixed format.  The speaker is given 45 mins to speak, with 15 mins reserved for questions at the end.

How do I attend?

Sign up to the event you wish to attend with your email address in order to receive the secure link to the webinar.

Can I receive updates?

You can subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page.

Contact

The Theory of Living Systems is administered jointly by Richard Morris (UNSW), Emanuele Crosato (UNSW), Sami Al-Izzi (UNSW) and Michael Stumpf (Melbourne).

You can contact us directly or using the adjacent web form.  In order to receive updates and announcements regarding upcoming talks, please subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of our page.  Please use an academic/institutional email address where possible.

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