Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 02/15/2011
Tuesday, 02/15/2011
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Aaron Dinner
University of Chicago
Department of Chemistry

"How Driving Systems Out of Equilibrium Can Reveal Features of Molecular and Cellular Systems"


ABSTRACT


We have recently found that subjecting single molecules to a series of periodic perturbations can amplify dynamics that are hidden at equilibrium. I will discuss models for how this could occur and then how this paradigm can be extended to learn about regulatory networks in biological systems. These studies motivate development of new algorithms for treating systems out of equilibrium and their application.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Harvard AB 1994, PhD (Biophysics) 1999 (Advisor Martin Karplus); Postdoc Oxford 1999-2001, Berkeley 2001-2003 (Advisors David Chandler, Arup Chakraborty). U Chicago asst prof 2003-2009; assoc prof 2009-present
RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, phase behavior, models of biological regulatory networks, molecular dynamics