The post-genomic era of biology is characterised by a deluge of molecular data about the cell. This `new' biology has its own vocabulary of genome, transcriptome, proteome and even metabolome, interactome and lipidome. The challenge is to make sense out of this information by coming up with a new integrated picture of the cell which takes into account that it is simultaneously an autocatalytic set, a tensegrity structure, a network or a set of networks with particular connectivities and feedback characteristics, a set of codes and decoding devices, a self- organising system based on phase transitions, membrane physics, water structures and a host of physico-chemical properties of ions, polymers and other cellular constituents, a multi-level society adapted to the vagaries of an environment that can vary rapidly from heaven to hell ... and so on. Taking on this challenge therefore also requires the introduction of concepts unfamiliar to biologists and the development of new ones, the formulation of new hypotheses and their testing via simulations or wet experiments.
Taking on this challenge therefore requires specialists from across the sciences to learn each other's language so as to collaborate effectively on defined projects. The Thematic School "Modelling Complex Biological Systems in the Context of Genomics" has been set up to help this research effort.
Widely open to graduate, post-graduate and researchers, the Thematic School is based on five main interest axes:
This CNRS Thematic School is the sixth edition of a serie started at Autrans in 2002, then at Dieppe in 2003, at Évry in 2004, at Montpellier in 2005, and at Bordeaux in 2006. In the previous editions of the Thematic School, a set of high level courses has been published with the proceedings in a book.
Each day will follow this schedule:
The talks and the slides will be in english.
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