Special Semester on Quantitative Biology analyzed by Mathematical Methods
Linz, October 1, 2007 - January 27, 2008
Events: Workshop on
Ion Channels|Systems Biology|Bioimaging I|Bioimaging II/PDEs|Biomechanics and Chemotaxis|Pattern Formation and Functional Morphology
Workshop on Pattern Formation and Functional Morphology, January 7 - 11, 2008


Robert Anderssen, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Canberra, Australia
Vincenzo Capasso, University of Milan, Italy

Workshop Abstract

A fundamental question in Biology, Biotechnology and Medicine is how the interplay between the genome and the physical environment drives pattern formation and morphogenesis. As well as experimental observations, the transformation of the genetic information into a spatial-temporal expression pattern is studied by mathematical models together with relevant methods for the analysis of real data, such as geometric statistics and inverse problems. It is our goal to bring together developmental biologists and mathematicians in order to promote a multi-disciplinary approach, by utilizing mathematical modelling, analysis, numerical simulation and visualization in oder to validate models based on real experimental data. Major challenges exist in spanning quantitatively the enormous scale gaps that link observational molecular genetics to cell dynamics, cell dynamics to organ function and organ function to organism behaviour. From such perspectives, phyllotaxis is a good model system to investigate. Modelling and simulation related to in vivo and in vitro experiments will have many implications for research in biology and medicine. Final scope of the research would be the development of significant mathematical models suitable for understanding the basic biological issues that may lead to diagnosis, prevention and cure of malfunctioning.

Confirmed Speakers

Robert Anderssen, CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Australia
Tony Bracken, The University of Queensland, Australia
Daniela Candia Carnevali, University of Milan, Italy
Vincenzo Capasso, University of Milan, Italy
Mark Chaplain, University of Dundee, UK
Qiang Du, Penn State University, USA
Lisa Fauci, Tulane University, USA
Andrew Fleming, University of Sheffield, UK
Avner Friedman, The Ohio State University, USA
Jim Haseloff, University of Cambridge, UK
Thomas Holstein, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Martin Hülskamp, University of Cologne, Germany
Willi Jäger, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Henrik Jönsson, Lund University, Sweden
Ulrich Lüttge, Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
Philip Maini, University of Oxford, UK
Daphne Manoussaki, Technical University of Crete & Vanderbilt University, Greece
Anna Marciniak, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Peter Markowich, University of Cambridge & RICAM, UK
Hans Meinhardt, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
Nadya Mozorova, Institut André Lwoff, France
Markus Owen, University of Nottingham, UK
Toshio Sekimura, Chubu University, Japan
Jonathan Sherratt, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Richard Smith, University of Calgary, Canada
Peter Waterhouse, CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia

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