About the Conference

Conference Description

The last two decades have witnessed the emergence and acceleration of a new paradigm in mathematical biology, which employs advanced methods in computational algebra and discrete mathematics toward modeling biological systems. The conference on Algebraic and Combinatorial Approaches in Systems Biology (ACSB) has as a core objective, to establish itself as a national forum for the presentation, discussion, and integration of current work in the field.

The ACSB 2015 will focus on diverse aspects of modeling of molecular networks, in particular gene regulatory networks, with an emphasis on discrete modeling approaches. In addition to models of molecular networks, it will explore questions such as the relationship between network structure and their dynamics. Integration of these topics into the educational curriculum will be discussed as well.

This conference is a follow-up of the Workshop on Algebraic Methods in Systems and Evolutionary Biology that took place at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University in 2012.

Invited Speakers

The following researchers have agreed to participate as invited speakers: Réka Albert (Pennsylvania State University), Hélène Barcelo (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Shernita Lee (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill), Raina Robeva (Sweet Briar College), Karen Schlauch (University of Nevada, Reno), Brandy Stigler (Southern Methodist University), Michael Stillman (Cornell University), Bernd Sturmfels (University of California, Berkeley) and Paola Vera-Licona (UConn Health). ACSB 2015 will also include a poster session for researchers at all stages along their careers. The organizing committee will solicit and pay particular attention to submissions from faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions, early-career researchers, graduate students, and participants from under-represented groups.


Paola Vera-Licona
University of Connecticut

Jason Brunson
University of Connecticut

Seda Arat
UConn Health and Virginia Tech

Elena Dimitrova
Clemson University

Brandy Stigler
Southern Methodist University

Luis Garcia-Puente
Sam Houston State University


The conference will be held at the Center for Quantitative Medicine (CQM) in Farmington, CT.



We are technically supported by the University of Connecticut and financially supported by the Center for Quantitative Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. We have a pending confirmation from NSF to partially cover local travel expenses.