Stochasticity in Biochemical Reaction Networks (11w5140)


Sotiria Lampoudi (University of California Santa Barbara)

(Los Alamos National Laboratory)

David Thorsley (Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute)

alexandra wakczak (Laboratoire de Physique Theorique Ecole Normale Superieure)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Stochasticity in Biochemical Reaction Networks" workshop from September 11th to September 16th, 2011.

Living cells function in a random evolving environment--molecules diffuse in random directions and chemical reactions occur at random times. Robust, reliable cellular processes have evolved from noisy parts living in a noisy environment by developing methods to either reject or exploit randomness.
Understanding how cells function in their ``stochastic'' environments will allow researchers to make advances in areas as diverse as medicine, molecular computing and nanotechnology.

This workshop unites researchers working on different aspects of the problem of understanding the role of stochasticity in biochemical systems. Experts in developing mathematical methods to describe cellular behavior, experimentally analyzing biochemical processes, performing advanced computations of stochastic behavior, and designing novel biological devices will work together to share the latest results in this exciting area of research and define new research directions for future study.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).