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Alan Turing Lecture 2021 'Modelling Pattern Formation in Developmental Biology'
The fourth Alan Turing Lecture will be given by Professor Philip Maini from the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford.

Lecture Summary: Towards the end of his life, Alan Turing turned his immense talents to mathematical biology and, in 1952, published a seminal paper on pattern formation. This talk will begin with a review of his work, showing how his mathematical model has been applied to such diverse areas as limb development, animal coat markings and sea shell patterns. It will also be shown that his theory correctly predicts aspects of Premier League Football Shirt patterns. Professor Maini will then review recent work on another phenomenon in developmental biology -- neural crest cell invasion - showing how a very simple mathematical model has led to new biological insights.

"Professor Philip Maini FRS is a distinguished mathematical biologist, and is the head of the Centre for Mathematical Biology at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford. In his research, through sophisticated mathematical modelling, he has elucidated many of the mechanisms behind pattern selection and morphogenesis in biology and medicine, a subject of great interest to Turing, who was one of the first to understand the biochemical basis of pattern formation in biology". Professor Michael Proctor.

The webinar will be hosted by the Provost, Professor Michael Proctor (Chair of the Alan Turing Committee), who will give welcome remarks and introduce Professor Maini. King's Fellow in Mathematics, Dr Ronojoy Adhikari, will also join the session following the lecture to take questions from the live online audience.

Advance questions can be submitted by emailing events@kings.cam.ac.uk . Alternatively, ask your questions live via the Zoom Q&A button.

Apr 29, 2021 05:30 PM in London

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