Quals research talk: Biological pattern optimization using genetic algorithms

November 6, 2017
Halligan 209
Speaker: Samuel Burck, Tufts University


The process behind the development of an organism’s shape, known as morphogenesis, relies heavily on electrochemical interactions between neighboring cells. These interactions between cells form a bioelectric "pattern", where the pattern formed is dependent on the initial state of cellular and environmental conditions. While there is no known method for finding a set of initial conditions based on a specified pattern, there are mathematical models that can model the development of these patterns when given a set of initial conditions. We aim to use these models, along with a genetic algorithm to search for sets of initial conditions given specific patterns that we would like to create.