Thursday, 1 April 2021

SSBTR Webinar Lecture Series Day: 2021 April 11 IST 15:45 Hour


Society for Systems Biology & Translational Research (SSBTR) is a registered (and also both 12A & 80G certified) not-for-profit scientific society organizes an International Webinar Series Lectures on Translational Systems Biology.

All are cordially invited. For date, time and link and other details as below:

GOOGLE MEET Link: url (https://meet.google.com/qjb-utgp-ymk)

 


# Speaker: Dr. Dibyendu K Ray at IST 16:00 Hour

Title : Advances in Neurosurgery- Glimpses of the Role of Technology in the Operating Room
Abstract :
There has been rapid advancements in the use of technology in the operating room by neurosurgeons all over the world. The nature of the biology of the central nervous system in humans is such that being permanent cells, the neurons do not regenerate. Neurosurgeons have been aware of the critical nature and biology of the tissues they deal with and have therefore been at the forefront in adapting new technology to benefit their patients. The technological revolution in neurosurgery has been fueled as much by the developments in computer technology and connectivity as by the advancements in material science and precision engineering. The seminar deals with the use of certain available equipment to demonstrate how clinicians and surgeons have adapted technology to positively impact and improve the lives of their patients.

Bio-sketch : Dr. Dibyendu K Ray M.S., M.Ch. (Neurosurgery) is a Senior Neurosurgeon Consultant at AMRI Hospital. Prior to starting his neurosurgical practice, he was working as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, the apex institute for neurosurgical training in the state. After receiving his basic medical training from R G Kar Medical College Kolkata, Dr. Ray completed his post graduation in surgery from University of Rajasthan and then went on to achieve his postdoctoral degree in neurosurgery from the PGIMER, Chandigarh. Thereafter he trained in the USA at the University of Virginia, the Oregon Health Science University, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Subsequently he qualified for the Diploma of the European Society of the Minimally Invasive Neurologic Therapy and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Despite his busy clinical schedule, he has published several articles in peer reviewed journals and has several book chapters to his credit. He is serving as the Honorary President of the Society for Systems Biology & Translational Research (SSBTR). 


        








# Speaker : Professor Ernst Titovets --- Cancelled and will be rescheduled 
Title :
Novel Nanofluidic Mechanism and Computational Model of the Brain Water Metabolism
Abstract :
Brain water metabolism ensures the processes of cellular communication, transit of the signaling molecules, neurotransmitters, cytokines and substrates, participates in the clearance of pathogenic metabolites. Many neurological conditions that present serious clinical problems arise from altered fluid flow (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus, migraine, traumatic brain injury and stroke). At present, the orthodox theory fails to explain the accumulated experimental evidence and clinical data on the brain water metabolism. Modeling becomes an important approach to testing current theories and developing new working mechanisms. 

A novel computational model of brain water metabolism has been developed and explored. Using an interdisciplinary approach the long-recognized nano-dimentionality of the brain interstitial space is viewed as a nano-fluidic domain with the fluid flow there governed by the slip-flow principles of nano-fluidics. Aquaporin-4 (AQP4) of the astrocyte endfeet membranes ensures kinetic control over water movement across the blood-brain barrier. The pulsatory intracranial pressure presents the driving force behind the transcapillary water flow. The model demonstrates good predictability in respect to some physiological features of brain water metabolism and relevance in explaining clinical conditions. The model may find its use in neuro-biological research, development of the AQP4-targeted drug therapy, optimization of the intrathecal drug delivery to the brain tumours, in a research on a broad spectrum of water-metabolic-disorder-related conditions.

Bio-sketch :
Professor Ernst Titovets, M.D., Ph.D. holds a position of Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, Republican Research and Clinical Center of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Minsk, Belarus. He is a researcher, author, translator and interpreter was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. He graduated from the Minsk State Medical Institute and undertook post-graduate research in biochemistry. He earned his Ph. D. degree from the Academy of Sciences of Belarus for his research on endergonic transport of Ca++ by the mitochondria. His Doctor of Sciences Degree in biology he obtained from the St. Petersburg State University, Russia for his pioneering research on the biochemical action mechanism of new amino derivatives of orthobenzoquinone. Appointed to a number of scientific research councils, he has authored or co-authored four research books, 14 patents and over 400 research papers and as an interpreter, he translated three books. As an Author, he wrote a book Oswald: Russian Episode that has appeared in three editions. The book presents an in deep historic investigation of life of Lee Harvey Oswald, an alleged assassin of the President John Kennedy. Currently he is concentrated on a research on brain water metabolism and related issues conducted from the nanofluidic approach. He is a principal researcher, at the Republican Research and Clinical Centre of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Minsk, Belarus where he heads a scientific research group.

Monday, 1 March 2021

SSBTR International Webinar Lecture Series Day: 2021 March 14 (Sunday) IST 13:45 Hour

 Society for Systems Biology & Translational Research (SSBTR) is a registered (and also both 12A & 80G certified) not-for-profit scientific society organizes an International Webinar Series Lectures on Translational Systems Biology.

All are cordially invited. For date, time and link and other details as below:

GOOGLE MEET Link: url (https://meet.google.com/qjb-utgp-ymk)

Day: 2021-March-14 (Sunday)    Time: IST 14:00 Hour

# Speaker: Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern
Title: Diagnosis of Glioma Tumors Using Circulating Cell-Free DNA

Abstract: Gliomas are the most frequent brain tumors, making up about 30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors, and 80% of all malignant brain tumors. Diagnosis of different glioma tumor types and their tumor grade is an essential step to suggest a right treatment for the glioma patients. Existing standard diagnostic technique for glioma tumor includes tissue biopsy, which is a highly invasive and hence a risky technique for the patient’s survival. ‘Liquid biopsy’ is a new and recently developed non-invasive cancer diagnostic technique. This technique includes collection of blood or urine samples and diagnosis of cancer based on analyzing molecular bits or cancer cells that are released from tumor tissue into the blood or urine system. Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) fragments is one those molecular bits that are released into the bloodstream after rapid apoptosis or necrosis of the tumor cells in the cancer patients. Our goal is to do comprehensive study between distinct types of glioma cancer tumors and cfDNA of the respective patients, to elucidate the scope of cfDNA in liquid biopsy technique for glioma diagnosis. We have successfully detected glioma specific mutations such as IDH1, IDH2, PDGFRA, NOTCH1, PIK3R1 and TP53, from cfDNA isolated from the plasma of glioma patients and could relate these mutations to the different tumor grades of glioma. Moreover, we have identified unique gene-gene fusions that provide a personalized drug response to glioma treatment. Our study may help in developing liquid biopsy technique for glioma tumor diagnosis and in its prognosis for monitoring the glioma treatment by non-invasive approach, and will eventually help physicians to decide on the right treatment while bypassing the existing ''wait-and-see' approach of treatment monitoring.
Biosketch: Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern, Senior Lecturer and Head of Cancer Genomics and Bio-computing of Complex Diseases, Azrieli Faculty of Medicine,
Bar-Ilan University. She has completed her Ph.D in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel in 2006. She made her first postdoc in the lab of Prof. Uri Alon in Systems Biology in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and the second postdoc in the lab of Prof. Alfonso Valencia in the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Spain. She has published more than 50 papers in reputed journals and serving as an editorial board member of repute. She is a founder of special scientific Art in Science competition at the international Bioinformatics conferences since 2008, a chair of the ISCB affiliated Israeli Bioinformatics group. Her group has developed unique protocols for the cell free DNA isolation and its analysis using unique and patented techniques, the group in working in evolution of protein interaction networks.  

# Speaker: Dr. Durjoy Majumder 
Title: Development of Algorithm for Automated Diagnosis of Leukemia : A Systems Biology Application for Preventive Oncology
Abstract: Bone marrow biopsy has become an integral part of leukemia diagnosis and its treatment. Several advancements are being made towards the analysis of digital images of biopsy samples. Recently FDA approved the procedures of digital health. In tune with that digital image analysis has become propelled. With the advent of high-throughput technologies, scientific community becomes interested to look into the red blood cells (RBCs) for early detection of cancer, including leukemia. The reasons are due to their abundance in peripheral blood and hence, easily accessible compared to bone marrow biopsy procedure. High magnification and high-resolution electron microscopy based ultra-structural analysis of RBCs already proved the utility of the hypothesis about a decade ago. However, in clinical set-up, electron microscopy based procedures are the major bottleneck in implementation of early detection of leukemia. Algorithm based computer vision may be suitable to overcome this limitation. To fill the existing gap a user-friendly MatLab coding is developed for automated analysis of RBC images. RBC images from both normal and leukemia were analyzed with the developed code. Each RBC cells were analyzed individually for each samples of normal and leukemia. So in the output cellular characteristics namely, radius, perimeter, area, convexity, solidity were represented in a quantitative manner. Comparison of mean values between normal and leukemia groups for corresponding variables showed statistical significance (p<0.05). Thus, the developed code successfully distinguishes between RBC cells of leukemia and normal. We hope that this RBC based developed code would be useful in identifying early stage of leukemia in an individual patient; however, for this ~100 RBC cells are needed to be analyzed. Thus it is expected that the developed code may play a role in preventive oncology.
Biosketch: Dr. Durjoy Majumder, Assistant Professor of Physiology, West Bengal State University, received his Ph.D. in 2006 from Biophysics & Structural Genomics Division of Saha institute of Nuclear Physics. He gained a multi-/interdisciplinary research experience by working in science, medical and engineering faculties. He worked in different tertiary grade medical institutions like School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata and Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow. Before joining to present position he hold a faculty position in engineering faculty of Institute Indian Institute Engineering Science & Technology, Shibpur. His research interests include cancer, cancer immunology, cancer systems biology, systems pharmacology, pre- and post-clinical phases of cancer management. He has more than 50 research publications in different peer-reviewed journals, conferences, book chapters and book. He holds positions of editorial board members in different international journals. In the area of systems biology, his research group has developed a new philosophical outlook called “Middle-out Rationalistic Analysis” for cancer systems.

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

SSBTR International Webinar Lecture Series Day: 2021 February 27 (Saturday) IST 16:45 Hour

Society for Systems Biology & Translational Research (SSBTR) is a registered (and also both 12A & 80G certified) not-for-profit scientific society organizes an International Webinar Series Lectures on Translational Systems Biology. 

All are cordially invited. For date, time and link and other details as below:

GOOGLE MEET Link: url (https://meet.google.com/qjb-utgp-ymk)

Day: 2021-Feb-27 (Saturday)  Time: IST 17:00 Hour

# Speaker: Prof. Jan-Hendrik (Jannie) Hofmeyr
Title: The Metabolic Marketplace: How the cellular economy of supply and demand is regulated
Abstract: A central tenet of systems biology is that organisms, cells, genes and proteins are complex structures whose relationships and properties are largely determined by their functional organisation. In terms of functional organisation cellular metabolism can be regarded as a chain of coupled factories: a catabolic factory transforms nutrients into carbon skeletons and captures chemical energy and reducing power. These catabolic products serve as input to an anabolic factory that synthesizes the building blocks for macromolecular syntheses (amino acids, nucleotides, simple lipids, etc.). The factories for protein, polynucleotide, complex carbohydrate and lipid synthesis form the end of the chain and lead to growth. I show how this view of the functional organisation of the cell underlies a quantitative formalism and a general theory for understanding the cell as an integrated molecular economy of coupled supply and demand systems that have evolved regulatory mechanisms that enable them to fulfil specific functions such as control of flux or homeostatic maintenance of metabolite concentrations.
Bio-sketch:
Jan-Hendrik (Jannie) Hofmeyr is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and has been a member of the Biochemistry Department at the Stellenbosch University since 1975. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 at the University of Stellenbosch. His research of the past 40 years has been in the fields of metabolic control analysis and computational systems biology where his main focus has been the understanding of the regulatory design of metabolism. He also co-directed the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition where an additional research focus was the functional organisation that underlies cellular self-fabrication. He is a Fellow and was President of the Royal Society of South Africa, and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a founder member and served as Vice President of the International Society for Code Biology. 

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Monday, 28 December 2020

SSBTR International Webinar Lecture Series Day: 2021 Jan 12 (Tuesday) and Jan 24 (Sunday)

Society for Systems Biology & Translational Research (SSBTR) is a registered (and also both 12A & 80G certified) not-for-profit scientific society organizes an International Webinar Series Lectures. 

TRUTH  ALWAYS BELONGS TO MINORITY - Raja Rammohan Roy

All are cordially invited. For date, time and link and other details aas below:

GOOGLE MEET Link: url (https://meet.google.com/qjb-utgp-ymk)

Day: 2021-Jan-12 (Tuesday)     Time: IST 12:45 Hour

# Speaker: Prof. Olivier Gandrillon, Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon at IST 13:00 Hour
Title:
Toward a dynamical network view on a differentiation process
Abstract:
A recent view emerged that stochastic dynamics governing the switching of cells from one differentiation state to another could be characterized by a peak in gene expression variability at the point of fate commitment. We have tested this hypothesis at the single-cell level by analyzing primary chicken erythroid progenitors through their differentiation process and measuring the expression of selected genes at six sequential time-points after induction of differentiation. In contrast to population-based expression data, single-cell gene expression data revealed a high cell-to-cell variability, which was masked by averaging. Shannon entropy was used as as a measure of the cell-to-cell variability in gene expression. Entropy values showed a significant increase, reaching a peak between 8 and 24 h, before decreasing to significantly lower values. We observed that the previous point of maximum entropy precedes an irreversible commitment to differentiation between 24 and 48 h. In conclusion, when analyzed at the single cell level, the differentiation process looks very different from its classical population average view. New observables (like entropy) can be computed, the behavior of which is fully compatible with the idea that differentiation is not a “simple” program that all cells execute identically but results from the dynamical behavior of the underlying molecular network.

Bio-sketch:
Dr. Olivier Gandrillon received PhD degree in biology in 1989. After a two years post-doctoral stay at Caltech, he was appointed a permanent research position at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 1989 and started his own team as an independent group leader in 1999 in Université Claude Bernard. He was awarded research director at CNRS in 2009. He moved back to ENS in 2015, where he is now heading a group entitled "Systems Biology of Decision Making". He has a long experience in multidisciplinary projects and interactions between Computer Science, Life Sciences and Mathematics. He is a member of the Dracula Inria team that is devoted to developing mathematical tools for multiscale modeling. He was elected director of the BioSyL research federation since 2011 when the federation was founded. He is the founder of the modeling seminar “Semovi” and of the international conference series “Integrative Post Genomics” (2001-2010) and “LyonSysBio” (since 2014). He was the co-chair of the very successful ICSB2018 conference. He co-authored 72 original publications in a very large range of different disciplinary fields. 

# Speaker: Dr. Bishwajit Das, SSBTR at IST 14:00 Hour
Title:
Information Theoretic Multivariate Dependence Analysis of HLA Immune-gene Regulation
Abstract:
Cell surface expression of Human Leukocytic Antigen (HLA) plays a significant role in immune recognition. HLA molecules are classified into two – class I and class II. In different cancers including leukemia, HLA (both class I and II) down-regulation is frequently reported. Regarding its regulation, different transcription factors (TFs) are responsible for its constitutive expression; however, it is also regulated by several inducible TFs. Using 1st order information theory based analysis for HLA and its associated TFs (human) gene expression data reveals that RFXB, an inducible controlling TF plays a major role in both myeloid and lymphoid types of leukemia; however, in lymphoid leukemia CREB1, another inducible TF may play an important role. Application of MaxEnt based multivariate dependence information theory for higher order analysis confirm the same finding along with an indication of the regulatory role of another combination of two TFs namely CIITA and IRF1 for myeloid type leukmic cells. However through this analysis no alteration is noted for HLA class II gene regulation.
Bio-sketch: Dr. Bishwajit Das, is an Investigator of SSBTR. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2021 from West Bengal State University. The field of his research is to understand HLA gene regulation in different non-communicable complex diseases by using different quantitative and analytical methods. He is interested in the development of different analytical tools for immune-informatics. He extensively used Information Theoretic approach in his doctoral thesis. So far eight international research papers are to his credits. He has presented his works in different International conferences and reviewer of leading bioinformatics review journal (Briefings in Bioinformatics).

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Day: 2021-Jan-24 (Sunday)     Time: IST 17:45 Hour 

# Speaker: Dr. Jianhua Xing, University of Pittsburgh at IST 18:00 Hour 
Title :
Reconstructing cell phenotypic transition dynamics from single cell data
Abstract :
Recent advances in single-cell techniques catalyze an emerging field of studying how cells convert from one phenotype to another, i.e., cell phenotypic transitions (CPTs). Two grand technical challenges, however, impede further development of the field. Fixed cell-based approaches can provide snapshots of high-dimensional expression profiles but have fundamental limits on revealing temporal information, and fluorescence-based live cell imaging approaches provide temporal information but are technically challenging for multiplex long- term imaging. My lab is tackling these grand challenges from two directions, with the ultimate goal of integrating the two directions to reconstruct the spatial-temporal dynamics of CPTs. In one direction, we developed a live-cell imaging platform that tracks cellular status change in a composite multi-dimensional cell feature space that include cell morphological and texture features readily through fluorescent and transmission light imaging. We applied the framework to study human A549 cells undergoing TGF-β induced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In another direction, we aim at reconstructing single cell dynamics and governing equations from single cell genomics data. We developed a procedure of learning the analytical form of the vector field F(x) and the equation dx/dt = F(x) in the Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space. Further differential geometry analysis on the vector field reveals rich information on gene regulations and dynamics of various CPT processes.
Bio-sketch :Dr Xing received B.S. in Chemistry from Peking University, M.S. in Chemical Physics from University of Minnesota, and PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from UC Berkeley. After being a postdoc researcher in theoretical biophysics at UC Berkeley and an independent fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he assumed his first faculty position at Virginia Tech, then moved to University of Pittsburgh in 2015. Currently Dr Xing is an Associate Professor in the Computational and Systems Biology Department, School of Medicine, a founding member of Center for Systems Immunology, and an affiliated faculty member of Department of Physics, University of Pittsburgh. He is also an affiliated member of University of Pittsburgh Hillman Cancer Center. Dr Xing’s research uses statistical and chemical physics, dynamical systems theory, mathematical/computational modeling in combination with quantitative measurements to study the dynamics and mechanics of biological processes. Recently his lab focuses on reconstructing information of cell phenotypic transition dynamics from live cell time-lapse images and snapshot high-throughput single cell data. Another related direction is to study how three-dimensional chromosome structure and dynamics, epigenetic modification, and gene regulation are coupled.

# Speaker: Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore at IST 19:00 Hour
Title :
Systems biology of cancer metastasis: how do cancer cells coordinate, communicate, and cooperate?

Abstract : Metastasis (the spread of cancer cells from one organ to another) and therapy resistance cause above 90% of all cancer-related deaths. Despite extensive ongoing efforts in cancer genomics, no unique genetic or mutational signature has emerged for metastasis. However, a hallmark that has been observed in metastasis is adaptability or phenotypic plasticity – the ability of a cell to reversibly switch among different phenotypes in response to various internal or external stimuli. Phenotypic plasticity has also been recently implicated in enabling the emergence of resistance for many cancers across multiple therapies. However, a mechanistic understanding of these processes from a dynamical systems perspective remains incomplete. This talk will describe how mechanism-based mathematical models for phenotypic plasticity can enable our improved understanding of cellular decision-making at individual and population levels from these perspectives: a) Multistability (how many cell states exist en route?), b) Reversibility (do cells come across a ‘tipping point’ at specific time and/or dose of inducers beyond which they do not revert?), and c) Cell-cell communication (how do cells affect tendency of their neighbors to exhibit plasticity?). Collectively, our work highlights how an iterative crosstalk between mathematical modeling and experiments can both generate novel insights into the emergent nonlinear dynamics of cellular transitions and uncover previously unknown accelerators of metastasis and therapy resistance. 
Bio-sketch : Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly received his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degree in Bio-engineering from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. in Bio-engineering from Rice University He leads the Cancer Systems Biology group at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. He has made seminal contributions to decoding the emergent dynamics of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity (EMP) in cancer metastasis, through mathematical modeling of regulatory networks implicated in EMP; his work has featured on the cover of Journal of Clinical Medicine, Cancer Research, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, and he won the 2016 iBiology Young Scientist Seminar Series – a coveted award for communicating one’s research to a diverse audience. Currently, his lab focuses on decoding mechanisms and implications of non-genetic heterogeneity in cancer metastasis and therapy resistance, with specific focus on mechanism-based and data-based mathematical modeling in close collaboration with experimental cancer biologists and clinicians. He is an elected fellow of Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS), and serves as Secretary of The International Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Association (TEMTIA).

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Organizing Secretary, SSBTR International Webinar Lecture Series