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Biology for Physics 2022 – Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Nigel Goldenfeld, Urbana-Champaign San Diego, USA
Topological scaling laws and the statistical mechanics of evolution

Roberto Orosei, ESA, Universita di Bologna, Italy
A brief overview on the search for life beyond Earth

Chris Sander, Harvard Medical School, USA
Genotype to phenotype from natural and experimental evolution

Ricard Sole, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
Evolutionary transitions: Causality, prediction and universality

Invited Speakers

Jordi Bascompte, University of Zurich, Switzerland
The coevolved web of life

Johannes Berg, University of Köln, Germany
Spatial evolution of a solid tumour

Aviv Bergman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
How on Earth can aliens survive: concept and case study

Antonio Celani, ICTP, Trieste, Italy
Learning how to find an odor source with minimal memory

Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow, UK
Identifying molecules as products of evolution with assembly theory

Michael Desai, Harvard University, USA
Compensatory epistasis maintains ACE2 affinity in SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1

Daniel Fisher, Stanford University, USA
Why is there so much fine-scale microbial diversity?

Oskar Hallatschek, UC Berkeley, USA
Microfluidic island biogeography

Stephanie Hoehn, University of Cambridge, DAMTP, UK
Mechanics of Morphogenesis – Out-of-plane stresses in dynamic cell sheets

Iain Johnston, University of Bergen, Norway
Symmetry and simplicity spontaneously emerge from the algorithmic nature of evolution

Kunihiko Kaneko, Tokyo University, Japan
Universal biology in adaptation and evolution: dimensional reduction and fluctuation-response relationship

Fyodor Kondrashov, Evolutionary and Synthetic Biology Unit, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Okinawa, Japan
Attempting to understand fitness landscapes in the context of protein physics

Michael Lassig, University of Köln, Germany
Adaptive ratchets and the evolution of molecular complexity

Susanna Manrubia, CNB, Madrid, Spain
How the topology of genotype spaces shapes evolutionary dynamics

Michel Milinkovitch, Université de Genève, Switzerland
The unreasonable effectiveness of reaction-diffusion in vertebrate skin colour patterning

Jose Onuchic, Rice University, USA
Protein sequence coevolution, energy landscapes and their connections to structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) proteins

Luca PelitiSanta Marinella Research Institute, Naples, Italy
Lineage tree statistics and fitness inference

Tzachi Pilpel, Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Molecular Genetics, Rehovot, Israel
How rates of evolution is affected by mutation rate and sexual mating

Peter Stadler, University of Leipzig, Germany
Incongruent evolution of sequences and structure in RNA and proteins

Aleksandra Walczak, ENS, Paris
How personalised is our immune repertoire?

Sara Walker, Arizona State University, USA
A statistical mechanics for living chemistries

Peter Yunker, Georgia Tech, USA
The biophysical basis for the origin of complex life: the evolution of multicellularity

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