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Mathematics Colloquium


Date:  Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Title:  The Mathematics of Biological Time

Abstract:  Biological clocks with a period around 24-hours (circadian) have been identified in most creatures and basically every cell type within your body. Improper timekeeping has been linked to many diseases and disorders including Alzheimer’s, bipolar, cancer, cardiac arrest, diabetes, jetlag and sleep disorders. In this talk, I will highlight the challenges and recent developments in how we mathematically represent and analyze biological timekeeping. I will also provide several examples of how clocks in living organisms use diverse mathematical concepts to properly time biological events.

Speaker:  Daniel Forger
Institution:  Univ of Michigan


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