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Affine symmetric groups, coloured diagram algebras and bacterial genome evolution.

Mathematical Biology

Speaker: Andrew R. Francis, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
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Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Mon, Oct 5 2015, 2:10PM

The inversion process in bacteria arises through the same biological process as knotting, and yet their modelling has been done with totally disjoint toolkits. In this talk I will report on some recent work modelling the inversion process with affine symmetric groups, and briefly report on a family of related problems and our progress towards a unified algebraic framework for the biology using coloured diagram algebras. Joint work with Attila Egri-Nagy, Volker Gebhardt, Mark Tanaka, Shona Yu.