21/11/2016 - 12:00 - Sala Marie Curie

Can biophysical theory help us understand cancer metastasis?

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Herbert Levine

Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. Department of Bioengineering, Rice University. Houston, USA

Herbert Levine, from Rice University in Houston, USA, examines the dynamics of non-equilibrium systems, both deterministic and stochastic, to explain and quantify the intricate processes that govern biological systems. He uses theory to expand experimental findings, developing well-parameterized computational models that can be used to garner new insights into biomedical systems. A main research project in his group combines theoretical approaches with advanced laboratory experiments to understand directed cell motion in eukaryotic cells and to elucidate both signal transduction and cellular mechanics aspects of this critical process. His additional areas of research include the statistical mechanics of Darwinian evolution, the process of epithelial-to mesenchymal transition and pattern formation in microorganism colonies. He has been invited by Antonio García de Herreros (UPF).