Alte Handelsbörse Leipzig
Großer Saal
17.09.01 20.09.01

Genes, Cells, Populations - Mathematics and Biology


  • Gene trees, molecular evolution, and genomics
  • Cell interaction, cell motion and self-organization
  • Population biology and ecology


The intention of this workshop is to bring together two groups of scientists: mathematicians whose research is relevant for or inspired by models from biology, and biologists who are interested in the scope of mathematical models for their field. We hope for a lively exchange of ideas on a selected number of topics. Special attention will be paid to the relevance of stochastic and deterministic modeling and to the interplay between model and experiment in various biological fields.


  • DFG-Schwerpunkt: Interagierende stochastische Systeme hoher Komplexität
  • MPI für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften
  • MPI für evolutionäre Anthropologie


Ellen Baake

Universität Greifswald

Reinhard Bürger


Dirk Drasdo


Antonio Fasano

University of Florence, Italy

Yun-Xin Fu

University of Texas, Houston

Bob Griffiths

University of Oxford

Steffen Grossmann

University of Frankfurt

Anja v. Heydebreck


Dirk Horstmann

University of Cologne

Marek Kimmel

Department of Statistics, Rice University, Houston

Hirohisha Kishino

University of Tokyo

Dirk Metzler

Department of Mathematics, University of Frankfurt

Alex Mogilner

Department of Mathematics, University of California, Davis

Martin Möhle

University of Mainz

Svante Pääbo

MPI EVA Leipzig

Rainer Spang

Duke University

Juan Velazquez

Univ. Complutense de Madrid

Simon Whelan



09:15 - 10:15 Bob Griffiths (University of Oxford), Simon Tavaré
General coalescent trees and subtrees in evolutionary population genetics
10:30 - 11:30 Kornelius Weijer
15:30 - 16:30 Ellen Baake (Universität Greifswald), Joachim Hermisson and Oliver Redner
Mutation-selection models: Branching, ancestry and maximum principle
17:15 - 18:15 Simon Whelan (Cambridge), Nick Goldman
New maximum lielihood methods for estimating empirical models of amino acid substitution
19:00 - 20:00 Svante Pääbo (MPI EVA Leipzig)
08:00 - 10:00 Antonio Fasano (University of Florence, Italy)
Mathematical models for the evolution of tumour cords
10:45 - 11:45 Alex Mogilner (Department of Mathematics, University of California, Davis), O. Igoshin, G. Oster, D. Kaiser
The rippling of myxobacteria: a mathematical model
12:00 - 12:40 Dirk Drasdo (Leipzig)
Generic and Specific Aspects in Growing avascular Tumors: First steps towards a quantitative single-cell-based approach
15:00 - 16:00 Rainer Spang (Duke University)
Breast Cancer, Expression Profiles and Binary Regression in 7000 Dimensions
16:45 - 17:45 Anja v. Heydebreck (Berlin)
Class discovery from gene expression data
09:00 - 10:00 Martin Möhle (University of Mainz)
Looking forward and backward in time - the concept of duality and applications to population genetics
10:45 - 11:45 Yun-Xin Fu (University of Texas, Houston)
SNPs linkage disequilibrium
12:00 - 13:00 Hirohisha Kishino (University of Tokyo), J.L. Thorne, Tae-Kun Seo
Answer to biological questions through hierarchical models
09:00 - 10:00 Steffen Grossmann (University of Frankfurt), Benjamin Yakir
Large deviations for optimal local alignment scores of independent sequences
10:45 - 11:45 Reinhard Bürger (Vienna)
Mutation-Selection Models in Quantitative Genetics
12:00 - 12:40 Dirk Metzler (Department of Mathematics, University of Frankfurt)
A Poisson model for gapped local alignments
15:00 - 16:00 Juan Velazquez (Univ. Complutense de Madrid)
Spora motion in chemotaxis models
16:45 - 17:25 Dirk Horstmann (University of Cologne)
Chemotactic movement and its resulting effects: an overview


A. Greven

A. v.Haeseler

Angela Stevens

A. Wakolbinger