Are there theorems in biology?

Mathematical Biology

24 September 14:00 - 14:45

Jeremy Gunawardena - Harvard Medical School

Recently, the mathematical sciences have become increasingly engaged with biology. What can we expect from this disciplinary interaction? Is it to make biology a predictive science, as many suggest? Or are there fundamental problems for which new kinds of mathematics may be required? I will make some suggestions about this from the perspective of a pure mathematician working behind the lines in biology. I will then describe recent progress on the question of how cells integrate information, from which new problems, conjectures and theorems emerge.
Mats Gyllenberg
University of Helsinki
Torbjörn Lundh
Chalmers/University of Gothenburg
Philip Maini
University of Oxford
Roeland Merks
Universiteit Leiden
Mathisca de Gunst
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Roeland Merks


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