Prof. Linda Petzold,
Professor, Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara
The Emerging Roles and Computational Challenges of Stochasticity in Biological Systems

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 1:30pm to 2:30pm | Room 5-314

In recent years it has become increasingly clear that stochasticity plays an important role in many biological processes. Examples include bistable genetic switches, noise enhanced robustness of oscillations, and fluctuation enhanced sensitivity or "stochastic focusing".. Numerous cellular systems rely on spatial stochastic noise for robust performance. We examine the need for stochastic models, report on the state of the art of algorithms and software for modeling and simulation of stochastic biochemical systems, and identify some computational challenges.

Short Bio:

Dr. Linda Petzold is currently Professor in the Department of Computer Science (Chair 2003-2007) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Emphasis at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ACM, ASME, SIAM and AAAS. She was named the UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer for 2011, was awarded the SIAM/ACM Prize for Computational Science and Engineering in 2013, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Uppsala University in 2015. Her research focuses on modeling, simulation and analysis of multiscale systems in biology, materials and medicine.