Stochastic Discrete Dynamical Systems

Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminar
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Virginia Tech
 Modeling stochasticity in gene regulation is an important and complex problem in molecular systems biology. This talk will introduce a stochastic modeling framework for gene regulatory networks. This framework incorporates propensity parameters for activation and degradation and is able to capture the cell-to-cell variability. It will be presented in the context of finite dynamical systems, where each gene can take on a finite number of states and where time is a discrete variable. One of the new features of this framework is that it allows a finer analysis of discrete models and the possibility to simulate cell populations. A background to stochastic modeling will be given and applications will use two of the best known stochastic regulatory networks, the outcome of lambda phage infection of bacteria and the p53-mdm2 complex.