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Please join us at the Engineering and Physics Seminar on Friday, November 3 to hear from Dr. Nathan Fox, assistant professor of mathematics at Canisius University, on the topic of Mathematical Models of Genome Rearrangement.

In biology, a major driver of evolution is mutations in DNA structure. Given two organisms with similar but not identical genetic structure, biologists are interested in quantifying how “related” these organisms are. They are also interested in exploring what sequences of mutations might have led to these organisms. In this talk, I will give an overview of three mathematical models used to study genome rearrangement: The Single Cut or Join, Single Cut-and-Join, and Double Cut-and-Join models. Then, I will frame some of the biological questions in the language of these models and discuss some results. Then, time-permitting, I will go into depth on some of the mathematical tools used to analyze these models.

Date: Friday, Nov. 3, 2023

Time: 2:10pm

Place: Science Hall, Room 1053

Submitted by: Dr. Michael Wood, Physics Professor and Chair, Qunatitative Sciences