The colloquium organizer this year, Dr. Matt Johnson (research website), is hosting brown bag lunches for colloquium speakers on Mondays at 12:30pm in PSE 258. A small amount of snacks will be provided, but you should bring your own lunch. This is a great opportunity for informal discussion with various researchers and a good chance to get out of the lab/away from your desk for lunch. You can consult the physics website for the colloquium schedule. If you have any questions, email Matt directly.
Invited Speaker – Dr. Hana Dobrovolny
Time: 11:30- 12:00
Dr. Dobrovolny completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Winnipeg. She then moved to Pennsylvania for her Master’s at Bryn Mawr College, and completing her PhD at Duke University. She has now returned to Canada working at Ryerson University as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Beauchemin in the PhyMBIE (Physical Modelling in Biology, Immunology, and Ecology) group.
She has published papers in the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, the Biophysical Journal, and Physical Review Letters.
She even teaches here at York University. She is the course director for Biophysics I, and II, third and fourth year courses in the biophysics program.
Modelling of influenza infections
Influenza is a serious disease that kills thousands of people
every year and can kill millions in periodic pandemics. Modelling of the
with-in host dynamics of influenza is an emerging field that has helped to
provide insight into the disease process. Simple mathematical models have
shed light on the internal dynamics of the disease and have been used to
characterize influenza virus. They have also been used to test the effects
of drug therapy. This talk will present some simple models of influenza
dynamics and will discuss how they have influenced our understanding of this