Dr. Anna Ritz is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Reed College. Her research explores different ways to model biological systems using computers, concentrating on how diseases such as cancer affect these systems.
"Student-Driven Stories of Computational Systems Biology"
High-throughput technologies generate an enormous amount of data, and these molecular read-outs (such as DNA sequencing, RNA expression, and protein interaction information) can be considered pieces of a much larger puzzle that describe how the cell functions. The field of molecular systems biology aims to learn systems-level information about a cell, tissue, or condition from these puzzle pieces. Over the past decade, computational methods have emerged as critical tools for understanding biological processes. I will share two computational stories that arose from student thesis and research projects here at Reed. In the first story, we used different types of molecular data to discover genes that affect the progression or maintenance of complex diseases. In the second story, we leveraged existing datasets about signaling pathway reactions to ask a fundamental question: when are two molecules connected in a signaling network? Both of these examples highlight the wealth of untapped questions and computational applications in the era of big biological data.
Friday, September 20, 2019 at 4:10pm to 5:00pm
Biology, Biology 19
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199
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