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Workshop on Mathematical Models of Electrolytes with Application to Molecular Biology

January 05 - January 07, 2012

Mathematics Research Center Building (ori. New Math. Bldg.) 101

Commonly, electrolytes are solutions of acids, bases or salts containing free ions that make the substance electrically conductive. In biology, electrolytes i.e. ionic solutions called “the liquid of life” flow in and out of cell membrane through ion channels. Ion channels are proteins with a hole down the middle embedded in cell membranes which may contain hundreds or thousands of types of channels. Besides, membrane fusion (the proteins responsible for fusion) may provide a way to identify viruses. Several crucial functions of ion channels and membrane fusion may play important roles in physiology and pathology.

Partial differential equations (PDE) may explain the ionic mechanisms and provide important mathematical models to study ion channels and membrane fusion. The main goal of the workshop is to discuss the biological models of PDE, the solving methods (analytical and numerical methods) and the relation of mathematical results and biological significance. We warmly welcome delegates from around the world to share and discuss their current research and ideas. We shall do our best to assist every participant to have an exciting gathering.

Invited SpeakersFredric Cohen ( Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Rush University Medical Center, USA )
Bob Eisenberg ( Department of Molecular Biophysics and Physiology, Rush University Medical Center, USA )
Chiu-Yen Kao ( Ohio State University, USA & Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Claremont McKenna College, USA )
Chiun-Chang Lee ( National Taiwan University )
Jung-Hsin Lin ( Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica & School of Pharmacy, National Taiwan University )
Rolf Ryham ( Fordham University, USA )
Ping Sheng ( Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology )
Chih-Wen Shih ( National Chiao Tung University )
Yu-Chen Shu ( National Cheng Kung University )
Qi Wang ( University of South Carolina, USA )
Yuan-Nan Young ( New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA )

OrganizersMing-Chih Lai ( National Chiao Tung University )
Tai-Chia Lin ( National Taiwan University )
Chun Liu ( Pennsylvania State University, USA )