Featured speaker: Marianne Bauer, Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate/CPBF Fellow
Abstract: Gene expression is just one of the biological processes where physics can help form quantitative hypothesis, sometimes in the form of models, that can be investigated in conjunction with experiments. In this talk, I will give an overview of two aspects of theoretical research in biological physics. I will first talk about biological model systems for bacterial populations, and then focus on research concerning the biophysics of gene expression in the early fly embryo. There, we will see how theoretical investigations, based also on information theory, can help identify principles or form narratives that help understand some of the complexities that occur in gene regulation.
The EDI committee for undergraduate recruitment is organizing this summer research talk series aimed at undergraduates. The goal of this series is to have graduate students and post-docs give accessible talks about their research and how they got involved in their particular field. This is a great opportunity to get introduced to various research topics and to get familiar with different aspects of being a practicing physicist!