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Research Seminar: Many-to-many protein networks: modules of multicellularity – Dr. Michael Elowitz

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Research Seminar: Many-to-many protein networks: modules of multicellularity – Dr. Michael Elowitz

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Research Seminar: Many-to-many protein networks: modules of multicellularity – Dr. Michael Elowitz
 
 
 
 
Talk Summary:
In multicellular organisms, many biological pathways exhibit a curious structure, involving sets of protein variants that bind or interact with one another in a many-to-many fashion. What functions do these seemingly complicated architectures provide? And can similar architectures be useful in synthetic biology? Here, I will discuss recent work in our lab that shows how many-to-many circuits can function as versatile computational devices, explore the roles these computations play in natural biological contexts, and show how many-to-many architectures can be used to design synthetic multicellular behaviors.
 
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Dr. Michael Elowitz Biography:
Michael Elowitz is an HHMI Investigator and Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering at Caltech. His laboratory takes a “build to understand” approach to understand principles of biological circuit design. With Stanislas Leibler, Elowitz developed the Repressilator, an artificial genetic clock that generates gene expression oscillations in bacteria. He showed that gene expression is intrinsically stochastic, or ‘noisy,’ and revealed how noise functions to enable probabilistic differentiation, time-based regulation, and other functions. His group has discovered, designed, and analyzed a variety of synthetic and natural circuit designs for cell-cell communication, epigenetic memory, and cell fate control. His lab currently develops synthetic biological circuits that enable multicellular behaviors and provide foundations for future cell-based therapeutics. Honors include the MacArthur Fellowship, HFSP Nakasone Award, Presidential Early Career Award, Allen Distinguished Investigator Award, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences.
 
Location:
Life Sciences Centre
LSC 1003 (LT3)
 
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Date:
January 25
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
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Jocelyn McKay
Email
jocelyn.mckay@ubc.ca

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UBC Life Sciences Intitute
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Canada
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