2017 Conference on Theory & Biology

Date & Time


Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010 United States

The Simons Foundation held its fourth annual all-day Conference on Theory and Biology.


Friday, April 7th
8:15 – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Check-in
9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome
9:10 – 9:50 AM Simon Levin, Princeton University
Collective phenomena, collective motion, and scaling in ecological systems
9:50 – 10:20 AM Kalin Vetsigian, University of Wisconsin
Assembly and eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities of antibiotic producing bacteria
10:20 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM James O’Dwyer, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Coarse-graining in Ecology: scaling from small-scale mechanism to large-scale patterns
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Olga Zhaxybayeva, Dartmouth College
On Puzzling Relationship between a Bacterium and its Virus
12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch and Posters
2:00 – 2:30 PM Andrew Mugler, Purdue University
Collective sensing by communicating cells
2:30 – 3:00 PM Sam Brown, Georgia Tech
Collective decision-making in bacteria
3:00 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:00 PM Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania
Adaptive molecular sensing in the olfactory and immune systems
4:00 – 4:40 PM Elena Litchman and Chris Klausmeier,
Michigan State University
Trait-based approaches to community ecology and evolution
4:40 – 5:10 PM Jane Kondev, Brandeis University
Building a Proportional Cell: Lessons from Physics
5:10 PM Reception


Simon Levin Princeton University
Kailin Vetsigian University of Wisconsin
James O’Dwyer University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Olga Zhaxybayeva Dartmouth College
Andrew Mugler Purdue University
Vijay Balasubramanian University of Pennsylvania
Elena Lichtman Michigan State University
Chris Klausmeier Michigan State University
Jane Kondev Brandeis University
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