Workshop 1: New Questions in Probability Theory Arising in Biological Systems
(September 12-16, 2011)
This workshop will be divided into two parts, a tutorial and a conference. The first two days are intended to introduce probabilists to important biological problems that can engage probability theorists.
These lectures will be delivered by well-known biologists. The last three days will focus on new mathematical questions in probability and statistics that have been stimulated by recent biological research.
An important goal of MBI is to communicate these questions to the mathematics community. Therefore it is intended that the talks will be accessible to probabilists who have not previously worked on questions arising in biology. The lectures will begin by giving the necessary biological background. Topics will include stochastic spatial models and other aspects of ecology and epidemiology; adaptive dynamics; population genetics and evolution including coalescent theory; cancer modeling; stochastic models in neuroscience; and systems/synthetic biology.
- Nick Barton (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria)
- Rick Durrett (Mathematics, Duke University)
- Alison Etheridge (Statistics, University of Oxford)
- Steven Evans (Statistics, University of California)
- Jasmine Foo (Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
- Priscilla Greenwood (Mathematics, University of British Columbia)
- Paul Joyce (Mathematics, Statistics, and Bioinformatics, University of Idaho)
- Steve Krone (Mathematics, University of Idaho)
- Thomas Kurtz (Mathematics and Statistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Sylvie Meleard (Centre de Mathematiques Appliquees(CMAP), Ecole Polytechnique)
- Johan Paulsson (Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School)
- Jason Schweinsberg (Mathematics, University of California at San Diego)
- Anton Wakolbinger (Institut fur Mathematik, Goethe-Universitat Franfurt)
- John White (Bioengineering, University of Utah)
- Ruth Williams (Mathematics, University of California at San Diego)
- Lorenzo Zambotti (Laboratoire de Probabilites et Modeles Aleatoires)