Exploring Sequence Space: A Symposium on the Physics of Biological Function

DEC 14, 2018 | 9:30 AM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


4102: Science Center


December 14, 2018: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM




Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, Phd Programs in Biology and Physics, and the Center for the Physics of Biological Function


Physics and biology intersect on many scales, from the internal motions of single molecules to the collective motions of animal groups, and from the sub-picosecond dynamics of the initial events in photosynthesis to the multigenerational dynamics of evolutionary change. In these three symposia we highlight recent progress, and current challenges, in the search for a physicists’ understanding of living systems. Lectures include ample time for interruptions and discussion, hopefully bringing both novices and experts to the frontier of the subject.

Sequence diversity in the adaptive immune system
Curtis Callan, Princeton University

Deep learning and proteins
Lucy Colwell, Cambridge University

Learning protein constitutive motifs from sequence data
Remi Monasson, École Normale Supérieure

The evolutionary “design” of proteins
Rama Ranganathan, The University of Chicago

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