COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Thirty-Eighth Annual
T.G. Ostrom Lecture

Dr. Fred Adler

"An ecological perspective on cancer"

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:00pm - SPARK G45

A human population/biological cell mesh overlay

Please join us for an informative discussion by this year's invited guest lecturer Dr. Frederick R. Adler, Professor of Mathematics and Biology from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Abstract: New techniques for studying single cells have revealed that cancer is more than a series of genetic mutations that create a cell that divides uncontrollably, but a more complex process where tumor cells differ from each other and modify the behavior of non-cancerous cells around them. Complex processes like this have long been the realm of ecologists, who study the messy interactions between organisms and their A human population/biological cell mesh overlay environments. There is growing interest in using an ecological perspective to better understand cancer design treatments. I take the perspective that the body, like essentially everything in biology, is a self-organized system, meaning that it operates through local rules without centralized control. Through a series of self-organized systems from ecology, ant colonies, viruses and cancer, we will discuss the marvelous ways that they are regulated, and how this regulation is susceptible to rare but deadly subversion and breakdown.

Lecture Reception:

A reception with refreshments will immediately follow in the Hacker Lounge in Neill Hall, room 216.

About Dr. Adler:

Dr. Adler started his academic career as a pure math major at Harvard University, moved toward biology as a graduate student in Appled Mathematics at Cornell and as a post-doc at the Center for Population Biology at the University of California Davis, and joined the faculty at the University of Utah in a position split evenly between Mathematics and Biology. His original interests in ecology and epidemiology have broadened to include immunology and many fields of molecular and biomedical biology. He is the author of two textbooks, "Modeling the Dynamics of Life" and the more recent "Urban Ecosystems: Ecological Principles for the Built Environment," and has furthered his commitment to the links between research and education in his role as President of the Society for Mathematical Biology and Director of the Center for Quantitative Biology.