September 7th 2006, Penn Stater Conference Hotel, Room: 208

The scope of this workshop will be to highlight the strength of multidisciplinary approaches to Biology.  Specifically we desire to demonstrate how the integration of mathematical-modeling, molecular-interaction networks, evolution, comparative genomics, bioinformatics, knowledge bases, and the physics of cellular structures can be applied to empirical experimental biology. 

We expect to learn the types of research questions are applicable and are being pursued within quantitative bioscience groups.  We also hope to learn what types of programs exist in this new discipline of biological sciences through interactions with the speakers which attend the workshop and how they were implemented at their respective institutions.

Program/Invited Speakers:

Session I: Chairs:  Randen Patterson and Melik Demirel

8:00 Introduction by Nina Fedoroff
8:15 Jayanth Banavar, Penn State, From gene expression to genetic networks - a maximum entropy approach
9:05 John Hogenesch, U. Penn, Cell based screening approaches in the characterization of molecular and pathway function.
10:00 coffee break
10:15 Harley McAdams, Stanford, A systems perspective on the Caulobacter cell cycle control system
11:05 Damian van Rossum, Penn State, Towards decoding protein function from primary amino acid sequences
11:35 Reka Albert, Penn State, Dynamic modeling of signal transduction networks

12:05-2:00 Poster session and Lunch (Click For Poster Abstract)

Sesssion II: Chairs: Melik Demirel and Randen Patterson

2:00 Ivet Bahar, U. Pitt, Network Models for Protein Dynamics and Allostery
2:50 Richard Rand, Cornell, Mathematical models of circadian rhythms in eyes
3:45 Arhur Lesk, Penn State, Systems Biology of Protein Structures
4:15 Closing Remarks by Dean Dan Larson
5:00 Adjourn


The workshop is sponsored by the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences

Organizing Committee:

Randen Patterson, Biology
Melik Demirel, Engineering Science
Arthur Lesk, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Nina Fedoroff, Biology
Jayanth Banavar, Physics

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Randen Patterson  814-865-1668 or Prof. Melik Demirel  814-863-2270.

Please contact the Penn Stater Hotel, 1-800-233-7505 or e-mail pshs@pshs.psu.edu

Getting to Penn State:
By Plane: University Park Airport (SCE) offers daily flights to and from Philadelphia, Washington (Dulles), Detroit and Cincinnati. (taxi service are available for all flights).
By Car: Click for driving directions to Penn Stater Hotel

Registration: fee for the workshop is $55 (faculty/postdoc) and free for students. Please bring a check payable to Penn State University to the registration desk on September 7th.(Note to PSU attendees: we accept purchasing cards) If you are presenting a poster, the registration will be waived.