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Event Type:  Lecture (This is an NIH Science event)
Title:  Cellular Communication: How Cells Control Who they’re Talking to and What they’re Saying
Description:  In multicellular organisms, a handful of intercellular communication pathways, such as Notch and BMP, play an outside role in controlling cell fate decisions. While we have much information about the specific molecules and interactions that comprise these pathways, we often understand little about the particular signal processing behaviors each pathway provides. We have been developing a ‘build-to-understand’ approach to this problem, reconstructing or re-wiring these pathways using synthetic biology approaches, and analyzing their dynamic behaviors at the level of individual cells. For his lecture, Dr. Elowitz will focus on a particular architectural feature in which a pathway uses multiple distinct ligand and receptor variants that interact promiscuously with one another. New results suggest how this apparent redundancy can, counterintuitively, allow control of signal specificity (“who talks to whom”) and target program (“message”). Dr. Elowitz will also discuss a new synthetic approach termed MEMOIR that should enable cells to record their own signaling histories over longer timescales.
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Special Instructions:  Continuing Medical Education (CME) event
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017   3:00pm - 4:00pm Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
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Name:   Professor Michael Elowitz
Title:   Professor of Biology, Bioengineering and Applied Physics
Organization:   California Institute of Technology

Organization(s):  [NIH] Office of the Director (OD)

Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  10
Room:  Masur Auditorium

Name:   Jacqueline Roberts
Phone:   301-594-6747
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