[Blueboard] June 17 Seminar on Evolution from First Principles: Molecules, Organisms, and Populations

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EVOLUTION FROM FIRST PRINCIPLES: Molecules, Organisms, and Populations

by Adrian W. R. Serohijos, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology,
Harvard University

June 17, 2011
4:30-6:00 pm
Schmitt Hall Room Ch-109


Evolution is intrinsically a process that spans multiple length and  
time scales. At the molecular level, mutations occur randomly in the  
genome changing the phenotype of individual organisms. At the  
ecological level, evolutionary selection operates on populations since  
species survive or go extinct as a community. In the last century,  
these multiple scales have traditionally been pursued by separate  
scientific disciplines, starting from physical chemistry, microbiology  
and molecular biology, and ecology.

Here, Dr. Serohijos will present their work to develop a unified framework of
evolution that couples molecular properties (such as thermodynamic  
stability of proteins, copy number, and structure) with organism  
lifestyles. He will demonstrate that this unified framework advances  
our understanding of some fundamental rules in nature.

About the speaker:

Adrian Serohijos is a theoretical and computational biophysicist whose
interests span bioinformatics, structural biology, protein  
engineering, systems biology, and evolution.

Adrian is an alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University (BS Physics, cum  
laude, 2002 and BS Computer Engineering 2003).

As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill  
(2004-2009), he employed and developed computational and theoretical  
biophysical tools and models to address basic questions in biological  
systems such as the mechanism of molecular motors, etiology of cystic  
fibrosis, and development of cancer biomarkers.

He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry and Chemical  
Biology Department of Harvard University where he is developing a  
unified theory of evolution.

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