[Computational-biology] Call for Applications: Systems and Synthetic Microbiology, a NIMBioS Investigative Workshop

Catherine Crawley via comp-bio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Wed Oct 24 14:27:19 EST 2012


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) is now accepting applications for its Investigative Workshop,
*"Systems and Synthetic Microbiology"* to be held March 11-13, 2013, at
NIMBioS.

*Objectives:* The goal of this investigative workshop is to bring
together researchers dealing with modeling and experimental analysis of
microbial systems, using natural or engineered systems. Cutting across
the diversity of the experimental systems, tools, and modeling
approaches, is the common notion of using these systems as well defined
models that allow highly controlled experimentation. Such analysis in
turn has the potential to generate definitive and often times generally
applicable insights into issues including network design principles,
ecological interactions and evolution of cooperative traits. Building
from research presentations and discussions, we will examine several
specific questions, including:

  * Are there universal principles that govern the organization of
    microorganisms beyond chemistry and physics? This includes the
    organization of both intracellular networks and networks consisting
    of interacting microbial populations.
  * How does evolution shape network organizations? For example, how
    does evolution shape the design of certain cellular networks?
  * What can we say about collective behavior and "intelligence" in
    microbial populations?
  * What inspirations can we draw from natural networks (intracellular,
    intercellular, and interpopulations) when creating synthetic
    networks at various levels?
  * To what extent can we apply the insights learned from these model
    systems, particularly engineered systems, to the understanding of
    biological questions in broader contexts? This applies both to the
    understanding of basic biological questions and to the development
    of tools or strategies for applications in biotechnology and medicine.

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

*Co-Organizers: *Christopher Rao, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
Univ. of Illinois and Lingchong You, Biomedical Engineering and
Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke Univ.

For more information about the workshop and a link to the online
application form, go to http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_ss_micro.html

There are no fees associated with this workshop. Workshop participation
is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic,
including post-docs and graduate students, are encouraged to apply. If
needed, NIMBioS can provide support (travel, meals, lodging) for
Workshop attendees. Applicants selected to attend will be notified by
NIMBioS by early January.

*Application Deadline: December 9, 2012.*

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) 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.


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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D. 
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) 
University of Tennessee 
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Knoxville, TN 37996
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