Featuring Rama Ranganathan

Nature is full of systems that work with extraordinary efficiency, flexibility, and resilience. Built by evolution and far surpassing man-made machines, these systems perform precise and complex tasks while adapting to new conditions. For instance, proteins can fold spontaneously into well-defined 3-D structures and carry out complex biochemical reactions and yet retain the capacity to continue evolving. Understanding the fundamental design principles and physics of such natural systems could help unravel biological processes, advance medicine, and improve engineering. Recent work suggests that statistical analysis of genome sequences provides a powerful approach to this research. In his talk, Rama Ranganathan will present the current state of this work, including the effort to unify different approaches into a single theoretical framework for representing the evolutionary design of proteins.

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Event Details

2:00 p.m. Registration and networking
2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
3:30 p.m. Reception

$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Odyssey, and Phoenix philanthropic societies

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Parking Information

Valet parking is available for $30 per day.

Featured Faculty


Rama Ranganathan grew up in San Diego and received his BS in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his MD and PhD from the University of California, San Diego, and carried out postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the Salk Institute. He was at UT Southwestern Medical Center from 1997 to 2017, where he built a laboratory and founded the Green Center for Systems Biology. He joined the University of Chicago in 2017, with joint appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Institute for Molecular Engineering. He is building the new Center for Physics of Evolving Systems at UChicago.