[Computational-biology] Applications Open: Stochastic Modeling in Biology

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Mon Oct 4 15:01:55 EST 2010

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its "*Stochastic Modeling in 
Biology Tutorial*" to be held March 16-18, 2011, at NIMBioS.
Objectives:* This tutorial is designed to introduce selected topics in 
stochastic models with an emphasis on biological applications. An 
introduction will be given to the basic theory of Markov chains and 
stochastic differential equations. Methods will be presented for 
deriving stochastic ordinary or partial differential equations from 
Markov chains. Some of the relationships between the master equation in 
Markov chain theory and the theory of stochastic differential equations 
will be discussed. Numerical methods for approximating solutions to 
Markov chains and stochastic differential equations will be presented 
including Gillespie's algorithm, Euler-Maruyama method, and Monte-Carlo 
simulations. Applications of Markov chain models and stochastic 
differential equations will be explored in problems associated with 
enzyme kinetics, viral kinetics, drug pharmacokinetics, gene switching, 
population genetics, birth and death processes, age-structured 
population growth, and competition, predation, and epidemic processes. 
Some statistical methods will be introduced, useful for data fitting and 
testing of stochastic models. The tutorial will consist of a series of 
lectures and lab sessions conducted by the organizers and guest 
lecturers. Lab sessions will illustrate some of the applications and the 
numerical methods.

*Location: *NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

*Co-Organizers: *Edward Allen and Linda Allen (Department of Mathematics 
and Statistics, Texas Tech University); Jie Xiong (Department of 
Mathematics, University of Tennessee)

For more information about the tutorial and a link to the online 
application form, go to http://nimbios.org/tutorials/TT_stochastic_modeling

If needed, applicants may request travel and lodging support. 
Participation is limited, and those selected to attend will be notified 
within two weeks of the application deadline. *Application deadline: 
December 16, 2010*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) brings together researchers from around the world to 
collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to investigate solutions to 
basic and applied problems in the life sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by 
the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture with additional support 
from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Coordinator
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1527
Phone: (865) 974-9350
Fax: (865) 974-9461
Email: ccrawley from nimbios.org

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