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CDB Seminar Series Presents: "Quantitative comparisons between models and data to provide new insights in cell and developmental biology," Ruth Baker, PhD, University of Oxford, UK

Ruth Baker, PhD

When: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sarah Alber   312.503.7958

Group: Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

Category: Lectures & Meetings



"Quantitative comparisons between models and data to provide new insights in cell and developmental biology"

Ruth Baker, PhD

Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Oxford

Oxford, UK


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

2:00-3:00 PM. *SPECIAL TIME*

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 912 4425 4659

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Simple mathematical models have had remarkable successes in biology, framing how we understand a host of mechanisms and processes. However, with the advent of a host of new experimental technologies, the last ten years has seen an explosion in the amount and types of quantitative data now being generated. This sets a new challenge for the field – to develop, calibrate and analyse new models to interpret these data. In this talk, Dr. Baker will use examples relating to intracellular transport and cell motility to showcase how quantitative comparisons between models and data can help tease apart subtle details of biological mechanisms.

Relevant Publications: 

T. P. Prescott, K. Zhu, M. Zhao and R. E. Baker (2021). Quantifying the impact of electric fields on single-cell motility. Biophys. J. S0006-3495(21):00536-1.

J. U. Harrison, R. M. Parton, I. Davis and R. E. Baker (2019). Testing models of mRNA localization reveals robustness regulated by reducing transport between cells. Biophys. J. 117(11):2154-2165. 


Host: Dr. Yogesh Goyal
Incoming Assistant Professor, Spring 2022
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology    


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