Computational modeling of cell decision processes
My group uses computational approaches in collaboration with experimental labs to develop better mechanistic understanding of cell decision processes. One of the major challenges in modeling these systems is that the molecular constituents of signaling networks interact in a multitude of ways to form densely connected networks involving hundreds to thousands (and beyond) of distinct biochemical species. Rule-based modeling is an approach to modeling complex biochemical networks in which signaling molecules are represented as structured objects whose interactions are governed by rules, which serve as generators of the species and reactions that comprise the network. This approach enables concise and precise encoding of known molecular biochemistry, freeing the modeler from having to explicitly enumerate the large number of possible species and reactions that can arise in such systems. BioNetGen, which is developed and maintained by my group, is one of several rule-based modeling platforms that enable scalable specification and simulation of large-scale models of signal transduction and other biochemical systems. In recent years its capabilities for modeling, simulation, and analysis have been greatly expanded and It has been used to model and gain mechanistic understanding of number of important signaling processes. Here, in addition to providing a general introduction to rule-based modeling and describing some recent developments, I will present two applications to diverse systems: T cell differentiation in the immune system and dopamine uptake in the nervous system.
Date: 1 April 2016, 14:00 (Friday, 11th week, Hilary 2016)
Venue: Seminar room UG-a/b (on the main floor of the MSTC located behind the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)
Speaker: James Faeder (University of Pittsburgh)
Organising department: Sir William Dunn School of Pathology
Organisers: Jo Peel (University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology), Omer Dushek (University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Wolfson College), Joanne Collett (University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology), Anton van der Merwe (Sir William Dunn School of Pathology)
Hosts: Enas Abu Shah (University of Oxford), Omer Dushek (University of Oxford, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Wolfson College)
Part of: Dunn School of Pathology Research Seminars
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Omer Dushek