CoMPLEX Fellowship Report - Alexander Stewart

Location of Visit:

Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Purpose of Visit

The Weizmann Institute is one of the world’s top ranking research centres and is at the heart of groundbreaking advances in the science of complex systems. Naama Barkai is one of their foremost researchers and has made important contributions to the study of (among other things) gene expression and transcription networks. Her group is part of the departments of Molecular Genetics and Physics of Complex Systems. The group combines theoretical and computational techniques with wet lab experiments to investigate the design and function of gene networks, and the interaction of gene networks with the environment. Since my work is largely concerned with building models of transcription network evolution, the opportunity to interact with a group that combines modelling with experimentation has been of great value. Visiting the Barkai group provided me with access to data and direct exposure to experimental techniques. Most important of all was the opportunity to interact directly with the researchers undertaking these experiments.

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