SCS Teaching Track Faculty Candidate Talk

Talks
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Mathematics
University of California, San Diego
Pancakes, Graphs, and Fragile Genomes
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:00am
8102 
Gates&Hillman Centers
Abstract:

Finding mathematical models for the comparison of two genomes is a fundamental challenge in modern biology. Surprisingly, a very simple graph-theoretical model has produced a large number of theoretical results and has proven to be robust when analyzing real genomes. One practical question, which we will address, is whether large-scale mutations appear random or whether genomes have "fragile" regions, which are being mutated over and over during the course of species evolution.

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Phillip Compeau is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Mathematics. He researches the combinatorics of genome rearrangements and is passionate about the future of education, having co-created the first massive open online course (MOOC) in bioinformatics (http://coursera.org/course/bioinformatics) and co-founded Rosalind (http://rosalind.info), a platform for learning bioinformatics through problem solving.

Faculty Host: Klaus Sutner

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