SciLifeLab The Svedberg seminar series 2014-05-26


Bernhard Palsson

Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego, US

Bernhard Palsson is a Professor of Bioengineering and Pediatrics at the University of California in San Diego. He works on the development of genome-scale models of metabolism and protein expression.  The work has focused on basic principles, and industrial biotechnology, but is moving towards clinical applications.

Predictive Biology Through Genome-Scale Models

The prediction of cellular function from a genotype is a fundamental goal in biology. Constraint-based modelling methods systematize biochemical, genetic, and genomic knowledge into a mathematical framework enabling a mechanistic description of the genotype-phenotype relationship. The deployment of constraint-based approaches has evolved over roughly 30 years and since 2011, there has been a critical mass of studies combining them with high-throughput datasets and prospective experimentation. These studies have led to the validation of increasingly significant and relevant biological predictions. As reviewed herein, these recent successes have tangible implications in the fields of microbial evolution, interaction networks, genetic engineering, and drug discovery.

Host: Måns Ehrenberg