Communication and Computation in Mammalian Cells
Michael B. Elowitz
Professor of Biology and Bioengineering;
CalTech, Investigator for Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biological Engineering
Circuits of interacting proteins can perform a variety of “computational” functions in living cells. They allow cells to encode and decode signals, and respond to complex stimuli. What kinds of design principles allow natural protein circuits to function effectively? How can we design effective synthetic protein circuits? This talk will explore paradigms of natural and synthetic protein circuit design in mammalian cells.