Stochastic Physics in Biology
The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Stochastic Physics in Biology" focuses on research interface where physics and mathematics meet molecular and cellular biology. The organizers realize that, to a large extent, the current view of living cells is as a deterministic, machine-like system. This is evident from the writing of leading molecular biologists. See for example "The cell as a collection of protein machines: Preparing the next generation of molecular biologists" by Bruce Albert (Cell
, vol. 92, p. 291) and "From 'simple' DNA-protein interactions to the macromolecular machines of gene expression" by Peter von Hippel (Annu. Rev. Biophys.
, vol. 36, p. 79). However, due to significant advances in our understanding of gene expression regulation, and more recently measurements on dynamics of single-cells gene expression with large fluctuations, a stochastic view of cell biology has emerged. At the same time, a theory of stochastic physics has emerging in theoretical physics of complex systems. The conference seeks a stochastic dynamic description of biological behavior, functions, and differentiations. The new description will have profound implications to many fields of biological sciences, including Darwin’s evolution theory, as well as physical sciences and mathematics.
What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.