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Dynamics & information in transcriptional control

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY (The Science Center, Rm 4102) 365 5th Ave. New York, NY 10016 USA (map)

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.

Transcription factors, chromosome topology, and transcription control
Jie Xiao, Johns Hopkins University

The role of phase separation in regulation of gene transcription in eukaryotes
Arup Chakraborty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

DNA polymer physics and transcription dynamics in the developing fly embryo
Thomas Gregor, Princeton University and Institut Pasteur

Towards a derivation of the Drosophila gap gene network from optimization principles
Gasper Tkacik, IST Austria

Events begin at 9:30 AM with coffee and bagels, and conclude a bit after 6 PM.
Lunch will be served. For more information see

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University.