- Alessandra Carnbone, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, France.
- Natasha Jonoska, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa FL, USA
- Katarzyna Rejniak, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL, USA
- Masahico Saito, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa FL, USA
- Reidun Twarok, University of York, York, UK.
In recent years it has become clear that mathematical
tools from algebra, group theory, combinatorics, and topology play essential roles in understanding vital biological processes at the molecular scale. These include applications of (a) polynomials over finite fields in systems biology; (b) combinatorics and graph theory in secondary and ternary RNA structures, mRNA, as well as in protein folding and protein-protein interactions; (c) combinatorics, algebra and tiling theory in the modeling of viral capsid assembly; and (d) spatial graphs and topology in DNA-DNA, and DNA-RNA interactions and splicings. There are a number of intriguing connections between these techniques, and they are all essential tools for our understanding of structures and processes in molecular biology, especially nucleic acids and proteins. This meeting will bring together researchers with complementary expertise, who are interested in very similar biological processes and molecular interactions. We hope to initiate new collaborations through exchanging ideas and initiate development of new models and mathematical techniques.