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Lecture on using math models in biology set for Feb. 2 at MSU

January 20, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about the use of mathematical models in biology will be given on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Montana State University.

Tomáš Gedeon, professor in the MSU's Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Center for Computational Biology, will speak on "Mathematics and Systems Biology: Can Mathematical Models Help Discover New Biology?" at 4 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. A reception will follow in the Leigh Lounge.

Gedeon will discuss what mathematical models are and what we can expect from them. He will also introduce his current research project, which models the transcription process of ribosomal genes in bacteria in an attempt to understand the limitations this process imposes on their growth rate.

Gedeon's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features four to six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers. For more information about this and other Kopriva lectures, visit

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or