Mathematics

Mechanical Simulations of Cell Motility

Speaker: 
Leah Edelstein-Keshet
Date: 
Fri, May 25, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course
Abstract: 

Here I survey a broad range of recent computational models for 2D and 3D cell motility. Some of these models depict chemical activation on the perimeter of a (static or deforming) domain. Others consider fluid and/or mechanical elements and/or biochemical signalling on the interior of a deforming 2D region
representing a cell. Examples of platforms include the immersed-boundary method and level set methods. I describe some of the computational challenges and how these have been addressed by various researchers.

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Polymer Size Distributions (continued)

Speaker: 
Leah Edelstein-Keshet
Date: 
Wed, May 9, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course
Abstract: 

We continue the discussion from last time, and solve the polymer size distribution equations, which are linear in the case of constant monomer level.
In a distinct case, when monomer is depleted, we show that the size distribution evolves in two phases, where in the first, the entire distribution appears to satisfy a transport equation, and then, later on, once monomer is at its critical level, the process of length adjustment appears to be governed by
an effective diffusion (in size-class). Next, I introduce the problem of determining features of polymer assembly from experimental
polymerization versus time data. (Based on work by Flybjerg et al, this leads to an extended homework exercise carried out by the students.) Finally, I revisit microtubule growth and shrinking by discussing the Dogterom-Leibler equations and their steady state exponential solutions. I illustrate the use of XPP software to solve several problems in this lecture.

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Interacting Particle Systems 2

Speaker: 
Omer Angel
Date: 
Tue, Jun 5, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-MPrime Summer School in Probability
Abstract: 

Particles attempt to follow a simple dynamic (random walk, constant flow, etc) in some space (interval, line, cycle, arbitrary graph). Add a simple interaction between particles, and the behaviour can change completely. The resulting dynamical systems are far more complex than the ingredients suggest. These processes (interchange process, TASEP, sorting networks, etc) have diverse to many topics: growth processes, queuing theory, representation theory, algebraic combinatorics. I will discuss recent progress on and open problems arising from several models of interacting particle systems.

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Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course Student Lecture 10

Speaker: 
Amanda Swan
Date: 
Wed, May 30, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course
Abstract: 

Diffusion of receptors on a cell membrane

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Random Maps 1

Speaker: 
Gregory Miermont
Date: 
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 to Tue, Jun 5, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-MPrime Summer School in Probability
Abstract: 

The study of maps, that is of graphs embedded in surfaces, is a popular subject that has implications in many branches of mathematics, the most famous aspects being purely graph-theoretical, such as the four-color theorem. The study of random maps has met an increasing interest in the recent years. This is motivated in particular by problems in theoretical physics, in which random maps serve as discrete models of random continuum surfaces. The probabilistic interpretation of bijective counting methods for maps happen to be particularly fruitful, and relates random maps to other important combinatorial random structures like the continuum random tree and the Brownian snake. This course will survey these aspects and present recent developments in this area.

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Interacting Particle Systems 1

Speaker: 
Omer Angel
Date: 
Mon, Jun 4, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-MPrime Summer School in Probability
Abstract: 

Particles attempt to follow a simple dynamic (random walk, constant flow, etc) in some space (interval, line, cycle, arbitrary graph). Add a simple interaction between particles, and the behaviour can change completely. The resulting dynamical systems are far more complex than the ingredients suggest. These processes (interchange process, TASEP, sorting networks, etc) have diverse to many topics: growth processes, queuing theory, representation theory, algebraic combinatorics. I will discuss recent progress on and open problems arising from several models of interacting particle systems.

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Balanced self-interacting random walks

Speaker: 
Yuval Peres
Date: 
Mon, Jun 4, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS-MPrime Summer School in Probability
Abstract: 

N.B. Due to microphone problems, the audio at the beginning of this recording is poor.

It is well known that a random walk in d>2 dimensions where the steps are i.i.d. mean zero and fully supported (not restricted to a hyperplane), is transient. Benjamini, Kozma and Schapira asked if we still must have transience when each step is chosen from either μ1 or μ2 based on the past, where μ1 and μ2 are fully supported mean zero distributions. (e.g. we could use μ1 if the current state has been visited before, and μ2 otherwise). We answer their question, and show the answer can change when we have three measures instead of two. To prove this, we will adapt the classical techniques of Lyapunov functions and excessive measures to this setting. No prior familiarity with these methods will be assumed, and they will be introduced in the talk. Many open problems remain in this area, even in two dimensions. Lecture based on joint work with Serguei Popov (Campinas) and Perla Sousi (Cambridge).

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Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course Student Lecture 9

Speaker: 
Brendan Thrasher
Date: 
Wed, May 30, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course
Abstract: 

Size regulation in cell organelles

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Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course Student Lecture 8

Speaker: 
Naghmeh Rezal
Date: 
Wed, May 30, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Mathematical Cell Biology Summer Course
Abstract: 

Mechanics of invadopods

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Asymptotic dimension

Speaker: 
Mladen Bestvina
Date: 
Mon, May 28, 2012
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS Distinguished Lecturer
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Most of the talk will be an introduction to (second) bounded cohomology of a discrete group. I will explain classical constructions of bounded cocycles and recent results (joint with Bromberg and Fujiwara) regarding mapping class groups and a construction of bounded cocycles with coefficients in an arbitrary unitary representation.

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