TheoSysBio at MASAMB 2018, St Andrews, Scotland

Our group members took part in the 28th Annual Workshop on Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology (MASAMB), held on March 19-20th, at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

The first day of event included talks by:

Rowan Brackston
Quasi-potential landscapes and transition states in stem cell development

Leanne Massie
Synthetic Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria: A Whole Cell Modelling Approach

On the second day:

Ananth Pallaseni
Empirical Bayes Meets Information Theoretical Network Reconstruction

Thomas Leyshon
Turing Instabilities in Boolean Networks: An Algebraic Geometry Perspective

Anderson Brito
Evolutionary dynamics of herpesvirus protein domains

Irene’s open-mic humorous speech at Science Showoff

Irene Rebollo took part at Science Showoff, an open-mic-style night for scientists, science communicators and general public interested in Science. She gave a humorous speech entitled “To express or not to express: A cell’s dilemma” on March 20th, in an edition of the event held at Star of Kings, Kings Cross, N1 0AX.

Photo: Steve Cross

Irene Robles organizes Science Communication activities at PubhD London

Our PhD student, Irene Robles, is an organizer of the Science Communication initiative “PubHD London” (“Pub” + “PhD”), a monthly event where three PhD students, from any academic discipline, explain their work (informally) to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two. The event is held at Forest Road Brewing CO, Hackney E8 3RL, East London.

If you would like to participate as a speaker, or you want to know more, please contact Irene, drop an e-mail to, or contact us through our facebook page (; or Twitter (

New paper: Efficient low-order approximation of first-passage time distributions

David Schnoerr’s article “Efficient low-order approximation of first-passage time distributions” was published today in Physical Review Letters.

Schnoerr D, Cseke B, Grima R, Sanguinetti G. Efficient low-order approximation of first-passage time distributions. Physical Review Letters. 2017 Nov 20;119(21):210601.

New paper: Gene Regulatory Network Inference from Single-Cell Data Using Multivariate Information Measures

Our article “Gene Regulatory Network Inference from Single-Cell Data Using Multivariate Information Measures” was published today in Cell Systems.

Chan, Thalia E., Michael PH Stumpf, and Ann C. Babtie. “Gene regulatory network inference from single-cell data using multivariate information measures.” Cell Systems 5.3 (2017): 251-267.

New Paper: Protein–Protein Interactions in Virus–Host Systems

Our review article “Protein–Protein Interactions in Virus–Host Systems” was published today in Frontiers in Microbiology.

Protein–Protein Interactions in Virus–Host Systems.
Brito AF and Pinney JW (2017). Front. Microbiol. 8:1557. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01557

Anderson’s talk at the IX Annual ABEP-UK Conference at Imperial

Anderson Brito represented the Brazilian Association of Postgraduate Students and Researchers in the United Kingdom (ABEP-UK) at the IX Annual ABEP-UK Conference. Anderson is the Executive Director of the association, and presented the results of a students’ satisfaction survey sent last year to Brazilian scholars in the UK. The conference was held on June 10th, at Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London.

Thalia Chan speaks at the MASAMB conference in Vienna

Thalia Chan presented her research ‘Network inference using information measures’ at the MASAMB conference in Vienna.

Ann Babtie speaks about Single cell transcriptomics, network inference and cell development

On 21st March 2017, Ann Babtie gave a lecture on ‘Single cell transcriptomics, network inference and cell development’ as part of the Advanced Lecture Course on Computational Systems Biology in Aussois, France.

Anderson Brito takes part on an outreach activity in South East London

Anderson Brito took part on an outreach activity at St Joseph College Beulah Hill (Upper Norwood, South East London). The event was coordinated by the non-profit organization Native Scientist, and was aimed to Portuguese and Brazilian pupils aged 6-10. They were taught in Portuguese about general aspects of Viruses, from morphology to viral diseases and their symptoms.