Opening plenary talk: Stochastic analysis is the fundamental tool for understanding<br/><br/>biological function<br/><br/>

Sunday, May 11, 2008 - 1:15pm - 2:15pm
EE/CS 3-180
Michael Reed (Duke University)
Several deterministic models will be presented to illustrate
the special types of mechanisms that regulate and control cell metabolism.
Stochastic analysis can be used to investigate such highly nonlinear
deterministic dynamical systems that typically operate far from
equilibrium. Examples will be given that show how specific biological
system properties depend on the natural stochasticity inherent in
diffusion processes and in the making and breaking of chemical bonds. On
many different space and time scales, evolution has selected
stochastic mechanisms for accomplishing specific biological functions.
Finding, characterizing, and explaining these mechanisms requires
cooperative research by biologists and stochastic analysts. The tasks
are daunting because biology is really hard.