Frontiers in Mathematical and Computational Biology

                               UT Dallas CONFERENCE CENTER (CN1.112)

      Abstracts and Schedule
              Click on the title of the talk to see the abstract.
              The schedule is posted after the list of speakers.



I. Neuroscience

Eric Young  (http://www.bme.jhu.edu/~eyoung)
Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, Center for Hearing Science
    Representation of Auditory Signals by Linear and Non-linear Processes in DCN

Dan Tranchina  (http://www.cns.nyu.edu/associates/Tranchina.html)
New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
    Promising New Techniques for Large-Scale Modeling of  Neuronal Networks in the Brain

Susan Keun-Hang Yang  (http://erl.neuro.jhmi.edu/)
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
   Potassium Channels and PKC Activation Underlying Temporal Specificity of Classical Conditioning

Lawrence J. Cauller  (http://www.utdallas.edu/~lcauller/labs/cauller.html)
University of  Texas at Dallas
   Large-Scale Computational Models of Cortical Dynamics

Philip C. Loizou  (http://www.utdallas.edu/~loizou)
University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Electrical Engineering
   Acoustic Simulations of Cochlear Implants
 

II.  Cardiac Dynamics

Yoram Rudy  (http://www.cwru.edu/med/CBRTC/Director.htm)
Case Western Reserve University, Cardiac Bioelectricity Center
    From Genetics To Function: Computational Models of Cardiac Arrhythmia

Jon Lederer  (http://www.umsa.umd.edu/Leadership/Workgroups/GraduateFaculty/lederer.html)
University of Maryland, Medical Biotechnology Center
    A Mathematical Model of Calcium Sparks in the Heart

Francisco Chavez  (http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/~fchavez)
University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry
    Geometric Transitions in a Reaction-Diffusion Model in a Spherical Shell

Jose L. Puglisi  (http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/DeptWebs/physio/bers.html)
Loyola University Chicago, Department of Physiology
   LabHEART, An Interactive Model of a Cardiac Myocyte : Ca regulation and ionic currents

J. Jeremy Rice
IBM  T.J. Watson Research Center, Functional Genomics
   Model of Cardiac Myofilament Considers Effects of Nearest-Neighbor Cooperative Interactions
   on Force-pCa Relations, Calcium Binding and Twitches

Ted Wiesner  (http://www.che.ttu.edu/Faculty/wiesner/wiesner.htm)
Texas Tech University
   The Underlying Mechanisms of Symmetric Ca2+ Wave Propagation in Rat Ventricular Myocytes
 

III.  Biochemical Reaction Networks and Cell Signaling

Saleet Jafri  (http://www.utdallas.edu/~jafri)
University of Texas at Dallas, Mathematical Sciences
   Modeling Regulation of the Citric Acid Cycle

John Wagner  (http://caboy.uchc.edu/wagner/)
University of Connecticut Health Center
   A Mathematical Model of the Mammalian Fertilization Calcium Wave

Melissa Lambeth
University of Washington, Biomedical Engineering
   Control Analysis of Glycogenolysis in Skeletal Muscle

Kenneth Rodriguez  (http://buga.csudh.edu/~rodsuper)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
   Diffusion-Controlled Chemical Reactions Under the Effect of Several Stochastic Factors in Reduced Dimensionality

Dean Sherry  (http://www.utdallas.edu/dept/chemistry/faculty/sherry.html)
University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Chemistry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Radiology
   Metabolism as it Happens: TCA cycle kinetics by NMR
 

IV.  Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

Tandy Warnow  (http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/tandy)
University of Texas, Department of Computer and Information Science
   The Disk-Covering Method for Phylogenetic Tree Reconstruction

John Wittig
University of California, San Diego
   Quantification of Behavior: The Nematode Classifier

David Sierra
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology
   Regulators of G Protein Signaling Multigene Family in Mouse and Human

Lee Bulla  (http://nsm1.utdallas.edu/bio/bulla/bulla.htm)
University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Biology

Malgorzata Kotulska
Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
   Characteristics of Biological Membranes Based on Electropore Fluctuations
 

V.  DNA Energetics

Steve Levene  (http://nsm1.utdallas.edu/bio/levene/levene98.htm)
University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Biology
   Experimental and Computational Studies of DNA Minicircles

Irwin Tobias  (http://rutchem.rutgers.edu/faculty/tobias.html)
Rutgers University
   DNA as a Thermally Fluctuating Elastic Rod

Lorenzo A. Sadun   (http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/sadun)
University of Texas at Austin, Department of Mathematics
   Temperature-Dependence of Torsional Stiffness: the Role of Entropy

Rob Manning
Haverford College, Department of Mathematics
TBA


Schedule:

Sunday, June 17 : Morning Session
I. Neuroscience

 9:00  Opening Remarks by Richard A. Caldwell
      Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas

 9:10  Eric Young
     Johns Hopkins University
     Representation of Auditory Signals by Linear and Non-linear Processes in DCN

 10:10  Dan Tranchina
     New York University
     Promising New Techniques for Large-Scale Modeling of  Neuronal Networks in the Brain

 10:40 Break

 11:00  Susan Keun-Hang Yang
     Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology
     Potassium Channels and PKC Activation Underlying Temporal Specificity of Classical Conditioning

 11:30  Lawrence J. Cauller
    Neuroscience Program, University of Texas at Dallas
    Large-Scale Computational Models of Cortical Dynamics

 12:00  Philip C. Loizou
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Acoustic Simulations of Cochlear Implants

 12:30 Lunch

Sunday, June 17 : Afternoon Session
II.  Cardiac Dynamics

 2:00 Yoram Rudy
   Case Western Reserve University, Cardiac Bioelectricity Center
   From Genetics To Function: Computational Models of Cardiac Arrhythmia

 3:00  John Lederer
   University of Maryland
   A Mathematical Model of Calcium Sparks in the Heart

 3:30  Francisco Chavez Rios
   University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry
   Geometric Transitions in a Reaction-Diffusion Model in a Spherical Shell

 4:00  Break

 4:20  Jose L. Puglisi
   Loyola University Chicago, Department of Physiology
   LabHEART, An Interactive Model of a Cardiac Myocyte : Ca regulation and ionic currents

 4:50  Jeremy Rice
   IBM  T.J. Watson Research Center, Functional Genomics
   Model of Cardiac Myofilament Considers Effects of Nearest-Neighbor Cooperative Interactions
      on Force-pCa Relations, Calcium Binding and Twitches

 5:20  Theodore Wiesner
   Texas Tech University
   The Underlying Mechanisms of Symmetric Ca2+ Wave Propagation in Rat Ventricular Myocytes

Monday, June 18 : Morning Session
III.  Biochemical Reaction Networks and Cell Signaling

 9:00  Saleet Jafri
   University of Texas at Dallas
   Modeling Regulation of the Citric Acid Cycle

 10:00  John Wagner
    University of Connecticut Health Center
    A Mathematical Model of the Mammalian Fertilization Calcium Wave

 10:30 Break

 10:50  Melissa Lambeth
    University of Washington
    Control Analysis of Glycogenolysis in Skeletal Muscle

 11:20  Kenneth Rodriguez
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Diffusion-Controlled Chemical Reactions Under the Effect of Several Stochastic Factors in Reduced Dimensionality

 11:40  Dean Sherry
     University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Chemistry and
        University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Radiology
     Metabolism as it Happens: TCA cycle kinetics by NMR

 12:10  Lunch

Monday, June 18 : Afternoon Session
IV.  Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

 1:40  Tandy Warnow
    University of Texas, Department of Computer and Information Science
    The Disk-Covering Method for Phylogenetic Tree Reconstruction

 2:10  Lee Bulla
    University of Texas at Dallas

 2:40  Break

 3:00  John Wittig
    University of California, San Diego
    Quantification of Behavior: The Nematode Classifier

 3:30  David A. Sierra
   University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,  Department of Pharmacology
   Regulators of G Protein Signaling Multigene Family in Mouse and Human

4:00  Malgorzata Kotulska
   Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland
   Characteristics of Biological Membranes Based on Electropore Fluctuations

 5:00  Poster Session / Reception

Tuesday, June 19
V.  DNA Energetics

 9:00  Steve Levene
   University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Biology
    Experimental and Computational Studies of DNA Minicircles

10:00  Irwin Tobias
    Rutgers University
    DNA as a Thermally Fluctuating Elastic Rod

10:30 Break

10:50  Lorenzo A. Sadun
    University of Texas at Austin, Department of Mathematics
    Temperature-dependence of Torsional Stiffness: the role of entropy

11:20  Rob Manning
    Haverford College, Department of Mathematics
    TBA

11:50  Closing Remarks by M. Ali Hooshyar
    Mathematical Sciences Program Head, University of Texas at Dallas