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Networks and Organisation in Cell Biology


May 23rd, 2008

Complexity Science Center and DTC, University of Warwick, UK.

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This exploratory workshop aims to bring together researchers working on selected focus topics in biology and experts on quantitative methods. It is devoted to illustrate the research frontier to students and post-docs and stimulate future contacts across disciplines. The biology issues covered on this occasion concern the architecture of the genome in living cells and its complex set of interactions with regulatory and functional elements, including metabolic and protein networks. As a complement to those, a variety of recent examples of applications of quantitative methods to these problems will be discussed.

PROGRAM (preliminary)

10:00 A. Pombo (IC London) "Functional organization of the mammalian genome"

10:45-11:15 coffee break

11:15 R. Goldstein (Cambridge) "Evolution of Biological Complexity"
12:00 M. Kirkilionis (Warwick) "From molecular interaction networks to macroscopic dynamics"
12:30 I. Carre (Warwick) "Elucidating the transcriptional network controlling circadian oscillations in plants"

13:00-14:00 lunch

14:00 P. Fraser (Cambridge) "Networks of co-regulated genes associate at specialized transcription factories"
14:45 M. Caselle (Turin) "Computational identification of micro-RNA targets and post-transcriptional regulatory networks"
15:30 M. Nicodemi (Warwick) "Thermodynamic pathways to genome spatial organization in the cell nucleus"

16:00-16:30 coffee break

16:30 D. Marenduzzo (Edinburg) "Modelling interphase chromosomes"
17:00 M. Turner (Warwick) "Sickle cell disease, an organized pathology"  
17:30 Closing



The Workshop date is May 23rd, 2008, 10am-5:30pm. It will be held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
Sessions will take place in the Mathematics Dep.t, room MS.05 with lunch taking place in the Maths Common Room.
How to get to University of Warwick (includes bus and train). Campus maps



There is no registration fee, but please register online to help us plan numbers.


For any further enquiry or expression of interest, please contact the organizers or the secretary at


Robin Ball, Markus Kirkilionis, Robert McKay, Mario Nicodemi