Combinatorial rigidity and the molecular conjecture

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
Lind 409
Brigitte Servatius (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
Graph theory has successfully been used by several authors to predict protein flexibility, in particular, combinatorial rigidity is an important tool. The most important new result in combinatorial rigidity is the characterization of global rigidity while one of the most intriguing open problems is called the molecular conjecture. We will explain the state of the art in the progress toward the conjecture and the implications of recent progress in rigidity theory, including the concept of combinatorial allostery, toward understanding the behavior of molecules.