An important goal of this workshop is to explore the application of mathematical physics approaches in the modelling of virus structure and assembly. Due to their symmetry properties viruses lend themselves to applications of group theoretical concepts, for example, for the prediction of virus structure or the analysis of the dynamical properties of viruses.
This workshop is being organised as a follow-up event to our two previous meetings on “Mathematical Virology”, held at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Oxford in June 2004 and at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh in August 2007. One of the main goals of this meeting is to bring together mathematical physicists and mathematicians with biophysicists, computational and experimental biologists working on various aspects of the structure and assembly of viruses, thus creating an interdisciplinary environment that facilitates meaningful interactions for the mathematical physics and mathematical community with other relevant disciplines. This is important to ensure maximal impact of the mathematical physics approaches in virology.
The programme will cover the topics virus structure, virus assembly and genome organization, and will consist of a number of plenary and invited talks, as well as scheduled “hot topic” debates. There will be a strong focus on applications of group theoretical methods and mathematical physics techniques related to the structure of viruses and their vibrational behaviour.
Main speakers will include
Mathematical Physics: Paolo Cermelli (Torino, Italy), Alois Janner (Radboud University, Netherlands), Richard Kerner (University Paris VI, France), Anne Taormina (University of Durham, UK), Giovanni Zanzotto (Padova, Italy).
Mathematics: Natasha Jonoska (University of South Florida, USA), De Witt Sumners (Florida State University, USA)
Biophysics: Robijn Bruinsma (UCLA, USA), Cristian Micheletti (SISSA, Italy), Ian Molineux (University of Texas, USA), David Nelson (Harvard), Adam Zlotnick (Indiana University, USA).
Computational Biology/Computational Chemistry/Biomolecular Simulations: Charles Brooks (Michigan, USA), Paolo Carloni (SISSA, Italy), Russell Schwartz (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), David Wales (University of Cambridge, UK).
Biology: David Bhella (Glasgow, UK), Roger Hendrix (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Jack Johnson (Scripps), Peter Prevelige (Birmingham, USA), Alasdair Steven (NIH, USA), Dave Stuart (Oxford, UK).