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Workshop: omics technologies...

Workshop: "-omics technologies for marine models" 30 Nov


This event will be held at SAMS on 30 November during the annual science meeting of MASTS (29 Nov - 1 Dec 2010). A special SOFI / NERC session on Nov 30 PM will follow a special MASTS session on Genomics scheduled on Nov 30 AM, which will be opened to SOFI delegates. MASTS delegates are automatically registered for and can freely attend the NERC/ SOFI workshop. The main objectives of this event are to build a community around the potential of "-omics technologies" to improve the biological monitoring of marine ecosystems. It will span across research councils to explore current strengths in -omics and systems biology in the marine biology sector, foster cross-council thinking and develop joint actions as appropriate, as well as looking at the international landscape. The event is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

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    speaker: Luca Cardelli (Microsoft Research and University of Oxford)

    building: Other
    room: Lower College Hall
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    The mech­an­isms under­ly­ing com­plex bio­lo­gical sys­tems are routinely rep­res­en­ted as net­works. Net­work kin­et­ics is widely stud­ied, and so is the con­nec­tion between net­work struc­ture and beha­vior. But it is the rela­tion­ships between net­work struc­tures that can reveal sim­il­ar­ity of mechanism.

    We define morph­isms (map­pings) between reac­tion net­works that estab­lish struc­tural con­nec­tions between them. Some morph­isms imply kin­etic sim­il­ar­ity, and yet their prop­er­ties can be checked stat­ic­ally on the struc­ture of the net­works. In par­tic­u­lar we can determ­ine stat­ic­ally that a com­plex net­work will emu­late a sim­pler net­work: it will repro­duce its kin­et­ics for all cor­res­pond­ing choices of reac­tion rates and ini­tial con­di­tions. We use this prop­erty to relate the kin­et­ics of many com­mon bio­lo­gical net­works of dif­fer­ent sizes, also relat­ing them to a fun­da­mental pop­u­la­tion algorithm. Thus, struc­tural sim­il­ar­ity between reac­tion net­works can be revealed by net­work morph­isms, elu­cid­at­ing mech­an­istic and func­tional aspects of com­plex net­works in terms of sim­pler networks.


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  • CBD Seminar Series: Evolutionary ecology of life-histories in the wild: from polyandry to migration
    speaker: Prof Jane Reid (University of Aberdeen, School of Biological Sciences)

    building: Harold Mitchell
    room: Dyers Brae Seminar Room
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    host/contact: Dr Maria Dornelas

    Overarching objectives in evolutionary ecology are to understand the genetic and environmental causes of variation in life-history among individual population members, and to understand the consequences of such variation for population dynamics and persistence. The causes of variation in reproductive strategies, dispersal and migration are of particular interest, because these life-history components shape the dynamics of alleles and individual organisms in time and space.
     
    In her talk, Prof Reid will illustrate how she use long-term studies of wild bird populations to quantify the causes and consequences of individual variation in reproductive and movement strategies. First, she will use quantitative genetic approaches to estimate genetic (co)variances underlying extra-pair reproduction in song sparrows, thereby quantifying forces that might maintain female multiple mating (polyandry). Second, she will illustrate relationships between migration, reproductive success and survival in European shags, thereby investigating the processes that might maintain variation in migration strategy.


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  • 10th Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting at University of Edinburgh
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    Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting
    Rm G10, Darwin Building, King's Buildings, Edinburgh
    26th November 2014


    The next Scottish Chromatin Group Meeting is on Wednesday 26th November. We will provide coffee and biscuits during the afternoon and there will be drinks afterwards. If you arrive early there is lunch available in the Swann building canteen (on 7th floor).

    Some people have mentioned that my emails are not being widely distributed (possibly due to email list restrictions), so please forward the email across you lab / department.

    10th Scottish Chromatin Group meeting
    Wed 26th November 2014
    Lecture Theatre G10, Ground Floor, Darwin Building, King’s Buildings, University of Edinburgh

    Programme
    1.30      Shaun Cowley (University of Leicester)
    Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and 2 are essential for pluripotency and cell division in mouse embryonic stem cells
    2.10      Steven Pollard (University of Edinburgh)
    Epigenetic programming and reprogramming of glioblastoma stem cells
    2.40      Nicola Wiechens (University of Dundee)
    Chromatin Remodelling at Boundary Elements
    3.10      Coffee
    3.50      Taranjit Singh Rai (University of the West of Scotland)
    Histone chaperone HIRA orchestrates a dynamic chromatin landscape in senescence and is required for suppression of neoplasia
    4.20      Jessica Downs (University of Sussex)
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    5.00      Drinks

    We are updating our mailing list; if there are new people in your group please let us know.
     
    Best wishes
    Adam West (The University of Glasgow)
    Nick Gilbert (The University of Edinburgh)
    Andrew Wood (The University of Edinburgh)
     
    Online: www.chromatingroup.org
    Twitter: @chromatingroup  #epigenetics
     
    Nick Gilbert, Professor of Chromatin Biology
    MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    The University of Edinburgh
     
    Telephone +44 (0) 131 332 2471 x2414, Fax +44 (0) 131 467 8456, Nick.Gilbert@ed.ac.uk
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  • Environmental Change Research Group: Bogs and woodlands at the uttermost part of the Earth
    speaker: Professor Keith Bennett (Queens University Belfast)

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    Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
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    Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has led to a theory of evolution with
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    Biography: Keith Bennett has been Professor of Late-Quaternary Environmental Change
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    with fieldwork experience across the world. He is interested in all
    aspects of the interplay of evolutionary and ecological factors in
    controlling the distribution of organisms, using ancient DNA and pollen
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    2007, and was elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2011.
     


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