Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2019

Great Problems in Biology for Physicists

Program Description 

PiTP 2019 is titled 'Great Problems in Biology for Physicists,' and will cover topics ranging from virology, cancer, and immunology to machine learning and neural networks. Recent technologies have generated enormous amounts of hitherto unseen biological/genetic data. The tools of modern physics, enable novel approaches to exploration and interrogation of such data, allowing physicists to draw conclusions that will result in leaps of fundamental understanding of evolution and basic biological processes. Because physicists are now reaching out to explore problems in biology, PiTP 2019 will focus on some of the great questions in biology that are being explored.   

Program Details 

Dates: JULY 15-26, 2019

Online Application: Closed as of March 15, 2019. 

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DNA structure and sequencing
Principles of Evolution
Machine Learning
Protein Structure
Functional Genomics

List of Lecturers

Uri Alon - Weizmann Institute for Science 

Regina Barzilay - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Shelley Berger - University of Pennsylvania

Ed Boyden - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curtis Callan - Princeton University

Navdeep Chandel - Northwestern University

Shawn Davidson - Princeton University 

Mark Davis - Stanford University

Michael Desai - Harvard University 

Steve Goff - Columbia University 

Benjamin Greenbaum - Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Clyde Hutchison, III - J. Craig Venter Institute 

Edo Kussell - New York University 

Titia de Lange - Rockefeller University 

Arnold Levine - Institute for Advanced Study

Ake T. Lu - UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Marta Łuksza - Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Remi Monasson - CNRS

Nick Patterson - Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Josh Rabinowitz - Princeton University

Raul Rabadan - Columbia University 

R. Clay Reid - Allen Institute for Brain Science

Harlan Robins - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Michael Rosbash - Brandeis University 

Thomas Shenk - Princeton University 

David Ting - Harvard Medical School

Olga Troyanskaya - Princeton University

Jedd Wolchok - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 

Charles Zuker - Columbia University 


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