The Geometry of Molecules

April 29, 2013

Speaker: Julie Mitchell

Abstract All of us have grown up doing puzzles. But, did you know that your body works by matching the geometries of molecules? For example, this is how you become immune to a disease. Your immune system works to create a shape that is a match to the invader.

I will talk about how mathematics can be used to understand molecular geometry, and how understanding this geometry can be used to design new cancer drugs and other useful molecules. Along the way, you will learn what a gene really is and why mutations in our genes can cause diseases.

I will try to describe everything in basic, intuitive terms and hope that anyone with an interest in math and science will enjoy the lecture.

Free Pizza will be served.

When: Monday, April 29, 4:35 p.m.
Where: Room 901 Van Vleck.