Discussion Meeting
Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan (UNSW & EMBL Australia), Vijay Kumar Krishnamurthy (ICTS-TIFR, India) and Vidyanand Nanjundiah (Centre for Human Genetics, India)
11 January 2021 to 22 January 2021

Contemporary research in biology is increasingly becoming more quantitative in nature. As such, "...we are drowning in a sea of data and thirsting for some theoretical framework with which to understand it" [Brenner (2012)]. The absence of meaningful exchanges between experimentalists and theoreticians is a glaring reason for this state of affairs. The broad aim of the second edition of "Thirsting for theoretical biology" is to expose people who have a background in the physical and mathematical sciences to a range of interesting biological phenomena at the cellular and tissue level as experimentalists view them. The meeting will showcase examples of theory-experiment interactions that can deepen our understanding of living matter and will also feature a panel discussion titled 'What is theoretical biology?'. In addition, there will be a discussion, aimed mainly at students, on why theoretical and quantitative biology offers exciting prospects for a research career. The topics to be covered in the meeting will include the regulation of genetic activity, chromosome dynamics, cytoskeletal organisation, molecular motors, cellular energetics, stem cell behaviour, cell-cell interactions, developmental homeostasis and morphogenesis.


02 January 2021
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