ICT For Life Sciences Forum

Reverse engineering the immune system

Research of the immune system is undergoing significant changes, following the fundamental advances of Melbourne scientist Macfarlane Burnet in the 1950’s.  Engineering concepts are being applied to make theories about the behavior of the immune system quantitative and amenable to computer simulation.  Professor Hodgkin will present evidence that engineering concepts have a role in understanding the construction of the system.  He will endeavor to convince the audience that the immune system is a highly accessible model for computational biologists, where advances can inform cell and molecular biology at the cutting edge, while having important implications for improving human health.

Professor Phil HodgkinPhil Hodgkin is an experimental and theoretical immunologist and current head of the Immunology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne.

His primary research interests centre upon the regulation of T and B lymphocytes. His laboratory develops quantitative methods for exploring this question including single cell imaging and division-based tracking. His laboratory is developing analytical software tools for simulating the effect of cytokines and genetic changes on lymphocyte growth, survival and differentiation. His goal is to understand the behaviour of lymphocytes and recreate the immune response with computer-based models.

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Tuesday 8th May, 2012
5:00PM – 7:00PM Refreshments
5:00PM – 7:00PM Presentation
The Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
The University of Melbourne
Cnr. Royal Parade & Genetics Lane
Parkville Victoria 3052


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