Latino Studies at New York University

Edo Kussell

Assistant Professor of Biology and Physics
Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
New York University

April 10, 2012

Optimal lineage principle for age-structured populations

Populations whose individuals exhibit age-dependent growth have often been studied using temporal dynamics of age distributions.  In this talk, we examine the dynamics of age along lineages.  We will see that the lineage point-of-view provides detailed information regarding evolutionary pressures on individuals' aging profiles.  We introduce a variational principle that enables exact results for lineage statistics, in a variety of models.  We will also present measurements of continuously dividing bacterial populations growing in microfluidics devices.