Institut Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

Coevolution in proteins and RNA, theory and experiments

Coevolution in proteins and RNA, theory and experiments
Date : 17-23/04/16
Lieu : Cargèse, Corsica

In the course of evolution RNA and protein sequences undergo mutations. The statistics of those mutations and of their correlations reflects the structural and functional constraints exerted on the biomolecules. A fundamental challenge is to extract and exploit this information from rapidly growing sequence databases. The goal of the workshop is to gather scientists involved in the study of coevolution in biomolecules (proteins and RNA), from the points of view of sequence analysis, structural prediction, and evolutionary dynamics. Those fields are at the crossroads of molecular, structural, and evolutionary biology, biochemistry, statistical inference, statistical physics, bioinformatics. This workshop will be a unique opportunity for experts in those different communities, for theoreticians as well as for experimentalists, to meet, to present their fields of research and recent results, and to foster fruitful exchanges.

Organizing committee : S. Cocco (Ecole Normale Supérieure), R. Monasson (Ecole Normale Supérieure), M. Weigt (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Scientific committee : W. Bialek (Princeton University), E. Domany (Weizmann Institute), S. Leibler (The Rockefeller University), M. Nilges (Institut Pasteur)

deadline for application : December 31st, 2015
The workshop will combine long invited talks by internationally recognized experts, as well as shorter talks by younger researchers. The list of invited people include:

Erik Aurell (KTH Stockholm, Sweden),
John Barton (MIT, Cambridge, USA),
Arup Chakraborty (MIT, Cambridge, USA),
Arne Elofsson (Stockholm University, Sweden),
Sean Eddy (Janelia Research Campus, USA),
Raphaël Guerois (CEA Saclay, France),
Doeke Hekstra (U. SouthWestern Texas, Dallas, USA),
David Jones (University College London, UK),
Paolo de Los Rios (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland),
Faruck Morcos (University of Texas at Dallas, USA),
Clément Nizak (ESPCI, Paris, France),
Andrea Pagnani (Politecnico Torino, Italy),
Rama Ranganathan (U. SouthWestern Texas, Dallas, USA),
Elena Rivas (Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, USA),
Olivier Rivoire (Univ. J. Fourier, Grenoble, France),
Eugene Shakhnovich (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA),
Alexander Schug (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany),
Hendrik Szurmant (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA),
Olivier Tenaillon (Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France),
Michele Vendruscolo (Cambridge University, UK),
Aleksandra Walczak (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France),
Tandy Warnow (University of Texas, Austin, USA),
Eric Westhof (Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France)
Coevolution in proteins and RNA, theory and experiments