Mathematical Biology Seminar

Date/Time/Room: Thursday (11/8/2001) at 2:00 pm in 118 Life Science

Speaker: Malgosia Wilk-Blaszczak, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington

``The Wonderful World of Ion Channels''

Abstract: Ion channels are membrane proteins that control a variety of cell functions such as excitability, secretion, and osmotic pressure. Ion channels exist in one of two discrete states, open or closed. The time a channel spends in a given state depends on the external stimuli and defines the channel function. This binary "behavior" of ion channels makes them very attractive targets for modeling and mathematical analysis. During this seminar we will discuss the interactions between mathematics and biology in the field of ion channel research.