Location: Fields Institute
, 222 College Street, Toronto
Centre for Mathematical Medicine and
Department of Cell & Systems Biology***
Ramsay Wright Building, 25 Harbord Street, Room
December 1, 2009- 3:00
Michael Elowitz, Caltech Division of Biology
Associate Professor of Biology and Applied Physics:
California Institute of Technology; Bren Scholar;
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Dynamic Signal Encoding
for Stress Response and Development
The Elowitz Lab is interested
in how genetic circuits, composed of interacting
genes and proteins, enable individual cells to make
decisions, oscillate, and communicate with one another.
Recent work in bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells
has begun to reveal new and unexpected ways that
cellular signal transduction systems encode information,
and the functional role that such encoding schemes
play in regulatory and developmental circuits.
A bout Michael Elowitz: He
reported one of the first "synthetic"
regulatory networks, the "repressilator"
(Elowitz & Leibler 2000). His lab has developed
and applied live-cell imaging and quantitative modeling
techniques to study gene expression in single cells.
They have used these methods to study the regulatory
networks underlying several fascinating physiological
and developmental phenomena. He is currently an
Associate professor at Caltech and an HHMI Investigator.