ARL/ICB Crash Course in Systems Biology, August 2010
This course is geared toward biologists who want to become familiar with current computational biology software and capabilities, emphasizing quantitative applications for understanding and modeling complex biological systems. The course is taught by researchers from the Army Institute for Collaborative Technology and the Army Research Laboratory.
The course will consist of four sessions, each lasting approximately 3.5 hours (including a break in the middle of the session).
Monday, 9 Aug
Tuesday, 10 Aug
Session 1: Modeling and Analysis using Differential Equations
Elisa and Maria: Please put together a one paragraph summary of your session (abstract-like) that describes the basic areas that you will cover, in words. A more specific listing of topics that you will cover can go below, under the individual lectures. You should update the topics that I listed based on what you will actually cover (probably a more focused list, given the time constraints) and also add any references that you think participants might find useful to read.
Lecture 1: Core Processes in Cells (Elisa Franco, Caltech) This lecture will provide an introduction to modeling of core processes in biology using differential equations. Specific topics to be covered include:
- The Cell as a Dynamical System
- Modeling Techniques: reactions, master equation, differential equations
- Transcription and Translation
- Transcriptional Regulation
- Post-Transcriptional and Post-Translational Regulation
- Cellular Subsystems (?)
Lecture 2: Analysis Methods (Maria Rodriguez Fernandez, UCSB)
- sensitivity analysis
- robustness analysis
- identifiability and design of experiment
- parameter identification
Session 2: Stochastic Modeling and Simulation
Linda and Min: In this session, we will discuss various stochastic simulation methods in details. The latter half of the session focuses on StochKit, a software package for simulating stochastic models. We will give a comprehensive review of the available algorithms and illustrate how to use Matlab functions in StochKit to process output files.
Lecture 3: Discrete stochastic simulation algorithms (Linda Petzold, UCSB)
Lecture 4: Stochkit (Min Roh, UCSB)
- Presentation on StochKit
- available stochastic solvers
- creating a model
- SBML conversion
- output processing
Session 3: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Bernie and Rasha: Can you put together a one paragraph summary of your session (abstract-like) that describes the basic areas that you will cover, in words. Then pick a couple of lecture titles and add a more specific listing of topics below that, as done in the first session, as well as any references that you think participants might find useful to read. Also, if there is software that can be used by participants (either during the talks or afterwards), it would be great to include a list of programs, source link, and requirements for the software.
Lecture 5: Title (Bernie Daigle, UCSB)
Lecture 6: Title (Rasha Hammamieh, WRAIR)
Session 4: Applications
Mike, Camilla and Adam: can you send put in a title and abstract for your talk (or send to Richard).
Lecture 7: Polarization in Yeast Mating (Mike Lawson, UCSB)
We have developed a spatial stochastic model of polarisome formation in mating yeast, focusing on the tight localization of proteins on the membrane. This new model is built on simple mechanistic components, but is able to achieve a highly polarized phenotype even in relatively shallow input gradients. Preliminary results highlight the need for spatial stochastic modeling because deterministic simulation fails to achieve a sharp break in symmetry.
Lecture 8: Biological variability and model uncertainty: issues for stem cell expansion and therapy development (Camilla Luni, UCSB)
- Dissecting cell population heterogeneity
- Case study: input dynamics affects population heterogeneity during stem cell expansion
- Developing multi-drug therapies from ODE models in presence of uncertainty (patient-patient variability, dosage uncertainty, measurement uncertainty ...)
- Case study: adipocyte cell response to insulin
Lecture 9: Biofuels (Adam Arkin, LBNL)