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International Conference on Mathematical Biology and

Annual Meeting of The Society for Mathematical Biology,

July 27-30, 2009

University of British Columbia, Vancouver



Plenary 31:30 pm - 2:15 pm, July 27Okubo Prize Winner
Hans Othmer
School of Mathematics and Digital Technology Center, University of Minnesota
Title Robustness of Pattern Formation in Development
Abstract In many developing systems the outcome is buffered to numerous perturbations, ranging from major ones such as separation of the cells at the 2-cell stage in Xenopus (which can lead to one smaller, but normal adult, and an amorphous mass of tissue), to less severe ones such as changes in the ambient temperature or the loss of one copy of a gene. The general question is how systems are buffered against variations in such factors. We address this question in the specific context of scale-invariance: how different size embryos lead to normally-proportioned adults.
ChairAvner Friedman
LocationWoodward 2