MFBM-MS19

# Algebra, Combinatorics, and Topology in Modern Biology

#### Thursday, June 17 at 09:30am (PDT)

Thursday, June 17 at 05:30pm (BST)

Friday, June 18 01:30am (KST)

**MS20-MFBM**(click here).

**Organizers:**

#### Daniel Cruz (Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.), Margherita Maria Ferrari (University of South Florida, U.S.)

**Description**:

Over the last few years, research at the interface of mathematics and biology has proven to be a powerful catalyst for advancing each of the individual fields by yielding new tools, discoveries, and open questions. In particular, techniques from algebra, combinatorics, topology, and related areas have complemented more mainstream approaches in mathematical biology while becoming natural tools for understanding biological structures and interactions. This mini-symposium will focus on recent developments and open problems involving the application of algebra, combinatorics, and/or topology to topics in biology. These topics include RNA branching, signaling networks, COVID-19 detection, and phylogenetics, among others. Our intention is not only to facilitate discussion and collaboration but also to promote inclusivity within the associated research communities. As such, we have invited a diverse group of junior and senior speakers with complementary expertise which includes a significant number of women mathematicians.

#### Margherita Maria Ferrari

*(University of South Florida, U.S.)*

###### "Formal grammar modeling three-stranded DNA:RNA braids"

#### Svetlana Poznanovic

*(Clemson University, U.S.)*

###### "Using Polytopes to Improve RNA Branching Predictions"

#### Chad Giusti

*(University of Delaware, U.S.)*

###### "Comparing Topological Feature Coding Across Neural Populations"

#### Abdulmelik Mohammed

*(University of South Florida, U.S.)*