Chao Tang, Ph.D.,
Center for Quantitative Biology, Peking University
Bacteria, stem cells, and fruit flies: a physicist in biology
It is an exciting time for physicists to contemplate life. As the most fascinating, the most complex, and (arguably) the most fundamental phenomena in nature, living systems provide us endless sources of imagination, theory, application, and future possibilities. I will share with you my own excitement by telling you three stories of my recent research. The first is a classic problem of bacteria growth: sequential versus co- utilization of nutrients. The second is a theory of today’s “hot” biotechnology: stem cell reprograming. The third is about how artificial intelligence might help us to understand life.