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Videos from Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2019

Great Problems in Biology for Physicists

Published 2019

The 2019 Prospects in Theoretical Physics program, "Great Problems in Biology for Physicists," took place July 15–26, 2019, covering topics ranging from virology, cancer, and immunology to machine learning and neural networks. Watch videos from the program at the links below.

Introduction and Course Overview
Arnold Levine
Building Unique Sequencing Platforms to View Different Parts of the Genome
David Ting
Evolutionary Dynamics and Population Genetics
Michael Desai
Learning Phylogeny Through Simple Statistical Genetics
Nick Patterson
Viruses Overview
Tom Shenk
Evolution of Influenza
Marta Łuksza
Retroviruses: Replication and Consequences for Evolution of Their Hosts
Steve Goff
Cancer Origins and Overview
Arnold Levine
Some Quantitative Problems in Evolution and Heterogeneity of Human Cancers
Raul Rabadan
Circadian Rhythms: Past, Present and Future
Michael Rosbash
Immunology Overview
Arnold Levine
The Statistical Ensemble Approach to Adaptive Immunity
Curt Callan
Immune Checkpoint Blockade: Blurring the Line between Autoimmunity and Tumor Immunity
Jedd Wolchok
Epigenetics of Human Health and Disease
Shelly Berger
Metabolism Revisited
Josh Rabinowitz
Design Principles of Physiological Circuits and Their Aging Process
Uri Alon
Large-Scale Connectomics of Cerebral Cortical Networks
R. Clay Reid
Towards a Computational Model of the Brain: Tools for Mapping and Perturbing Neural Circuits
Ed Boyden
Modeling Proteins: From Sequences to Structure and Fitness
Remi Monasson
Memory in Bacterial Adaptations to Fluctuating Stress
Edo Kussell

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Prospects in Theoretical Physics is an intensive two-week summer program typically designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars considering a career in theoretical physics. First held by the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer of 2002, the PiTP program is designed to provide lectures and informal sessions on the latest advances and open questions in various areas of theoretical physics. Prospects in Theoretical Physics builds on the strong relationship of the research groups at the Institute and Princeton University, and many faculty members from the physics departments at both institutions are actively involved in the program together with scientists from neighboring institutions.