Upcoming Postdoc Seminars

All seminars will be held in the MBI Lecture Hall - Jennings Hall, Room 355 - unless otherwise noted.

December 04, 2014 10:20 - 11:15AM

The Interleukin-12 (IL-12) cytokine family, which is composed of heterodimeric cytokines, includes IL-12, IL-23, IL-27, and IL-35. IL-12 and IL-23 are mainly pro-inflammatory cytokines with key roles in the development of the TH1 and TH17 subsets of helper T cells, respectively. IL-27 has been regarded as an immunoregulatory cytokine, due to both of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory functions in anti-tumor activity. Notably, recent experiments in transgenic mice indicate that IL-27 significantly enhances the survival of activated tumor antigen specific CD8+ T cells and hence promotes tumor rejection. IL-35, the most recently identified member of IL-12 cytokine family, is a potent inhibitory cytokine. Recent transgenic mouse experiments demonstrate that IL-35 enhances the tumor growth and angiogenesis. I will introduce two mathematical models for IL-27 and IL-35 that we constructed to study the functions of IL-27 and IL-35 in tumor microenvironment. These models qualitatively fit with the experimental results and provide some hypotheses to develop therapeutic protocols in cancer treatment.

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December 11, 2014 10:20 - 11:15AM

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January 15, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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January 22, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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January 29, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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February 12, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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February 26, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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March 05, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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March 12, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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March 19, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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April 02, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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April 09, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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April 23, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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May 07, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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May 14, 2015 10:20 - 11:15AM

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Upcoming Visitor Seminars

December 02, 2014 10:20 - 11:15AM

Polynomial systems arise in a variety of applications, but there are few effective methods for solving them. Recently, several methods have been developed, providing numerical approximations to the solutions of polynomial systems. In this talk, I will introduce some of the main tools from this relatively new toolbox, collectively called numerical algebraic geometry. I will also briefly describe some ongoing applications of these methods to population genetics, chemical reaction networks, and model selection. This will be a gentle introduction, with virtually no assumptions about your knowledge of algebra, geometry, or polynomials.

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