February 23, 2013

Research Focus

Micro-scale (atomic level): we use tools from molecular modeling and molecular simulations to understand the physicochemical properties that govern water dynamics within biological macromolecules, intercellular communication mediated by gap-junction channels, molecular recognition and signal transduction processes mediated by GPCRs, and trans-membrane transport mediated by ligand-gated ion channels.

Meso-scale (cell level): we use network theory to infer and characterize networks underlying the structure and dynamics of a variety of biological processes such as cell signaling, gene regulation and neural coordination.

Macro-scale (population level): we use rule-based stochastic modeling to study the behavioral adaptation of artificial populations (agents) due to the flow of information produced by the spread of infectious diseases and other chaotic situations.

In general, researchers and graduate students work in:

  • Molecular modeling and molecular simulations
  • Protein engineering
  • Computer-based drug design
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Network topology
  • Stochastic modeling
  • Rule-based modeling
  • Formal languages (kappa)
  • The regulatory code (the Regulome)
But, what about Zombies?… Yes, of course. We have recently published a paper dedicated to study the effect of panic on the adaptative behavior of artificial populations dealing with a Zombie outbreak. The paper can be read from ArXiv at Cornell University.
A nice and funny interview can be read at Las Últimas Noticias, a Daily Magazine dedicated to Showbiz.
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