TCB Seminar

“Extracting simple biophysics from complex systems: disulfides, protein stochastic resonance, fish swimming, and all that.”

Professor Martin Gruebele
Chemistry
UIUC
Urbana, Illinois

Monday, October 10, 2016
3:00 pm
3269 Beckman Institute

Abstract

Seemingly complex biophysical systems often have simple underlying dynamics, decorated by effects that sometimes hide the simplicity, much to the entertainment of theorists and experimentalists alike. I will present three experimental studies, accompanied by some computational or modeling , that illustrate this for four different biological systems: the concept of "frustration" as acted out by disulfide bridges; stochastic resonance in protein folding reactions; and the simplicity underlying fish swimming dynamics.