Exploring Frontiers: Predicting Biology

On July 25-26, 2019, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group hosted the "Exploring Frontiers: Predicting Biology" symposium, featuring the latest insights from leading modeling researchers from the fields of neuroscience, cell science and immunology. This event was chaired by Markus Covert, Ph.D., leader of the Allen Discovery Center at Stanford University. The talks addressed leveraging computation and mathematics to accelerate biological discovery.

Exploring Frontiers: Predicting Biology

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07/25/2019 to 07/26/2019

Allen Institute
615 Westlake Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Event Overview

Thursday, July 25:

  • Registration and breakfast, 8:30-9:00am
  • Welcome and introduction, 9:00am
  • Morning sessions, 9:00-11:50am
  • Cell biology panel discussion, 11:50am-12:35pm
    • Moderated by Andrew McCulloch
      Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine
      University of California, San Diego
  • Networking lunch (provided), 12:35-1:55pm
  • Afternoon sessions, 1:55-4:15pm
  • Neuroscience panel discussion, 4:15-5:00pm
    • ​Moderated by Christof Koch 
      Chief Scientist & President
      Allen Institute for Brain Science

Friday, July 26:

  • Registration and breakfast, 8:30-9:00am
  • Welcome and introduction, 9:00am
  • Morning sessions, 9:00am-11:25am
  • Immunology panel discussion, 11:25am-12:10pm
    • Moderated by Hamid Bolouri
      Director, Informatics and Computational Biology
      Allen Institute for Immunology
  • Closing remarks, 12:10pm

Speakers include:

  • Bree Aldridge, Ph.D., Tufts University
  • Grégoire Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute
  • Anton Arkhipov, Ph.D., Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Neda Bagheri, PhD., Allen Institute for Cell Science
  • Mark Brynildsen, Ph.D., Princeton University
  • Markus Covert, Ph.D., Allen Discovery Center at Stanford University
  • Mary Dunlop, Ph.D., Boston University
  • Gaute Einevoll, Ph.D., Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Adrienne Fairhall, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Zaida Luthey-Schulten, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Martin Meier-Schellersheim, Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases
  • Kathryn Miller-Jensen, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Michael Reimann, Ph.D., École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Harlan Robins, Ph.D., Adaptive Biotechnologies
  • Peter Robinson, Ph.D., The University of Sydney
  • Shai Shen-Orr, Ph.D., Israel Institute of Technology
  • Peter Sorger, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Julie Theriot, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Hiroki Ueda, MD, Ph.D., RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Symposium Chair: Markus Covert, Ph.D.

Leader of Allen Discovery Center at Stanford University

Markus Covert is currently an Associate Professor at Stanford University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics from UCSD, and postdoctoral studies at Caltech.  Leveraging his computational and experimental training, Covert's research focuses on integrating cutting-edge computational modeling methods together with experimental techniques to better understand complex cellular behaviors. He is best known for constructing the first "whole-cell" computational model, which explicitly represents all of the known gene functions and molecules in Mycoplasma genitalium. Reported in The New York Times, BBC World News, Scientific American and hundreds of other media outlets worldwide, this work was also recently cited by Cell as one of the most exciting developments reported during the 40-year history of that journal. In addition, Dr. Covert's lab has generated several new exciting experimental techniques to measure and analyze the behaviors of individual cells.  Dr. Covert's work has received several awards, including an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (2007), NIH Director's Pioneer Award (2009), and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award (2013).

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