Department of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Past Talks

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July 28, 2017: Jeff spoke at the q-bio meeting at Rutgers University in NJ.

July 3 - 7, 2017: Jeff spoke at a workshop on microbial communities in Trieste, Italy.

June 1 - 5, 2017: Jeff gave a talk at the annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in New Orleans.

May 22, 2017: Jeff and Shreyas gave a talk at the SIAM meeting on dynamical systems in Utah.

April 20 - May 5, 2017: Jeff spoke at the applied statistical physics meeting in Santa Fe sponsored by LANL.

April 28 - 30, 2017: Jeff attended the Scialog meeting supporting research at the interface of physics and biology.

Mar 28, 2017: Jeff gave the biology colloquium at Boston College.

Mar 13-17, 2017: Jeff, Clare, Shreyas, and Sarah spoke at the APS March Meeting in New Orleans.

Jan 13 - 15, 2017: Jeff spoke at the Berkeley Statistical Physics Meeting.

Jan 8 - 13, 2017: Jeff spoke at the GRC in Stochastic Physics in Biology.

Dec 15, 2016: Jeff gave the Systems Biology Seminar at U-Mass Med School in Worcester, MA.

Dec 5 - 7, 2016: Jeff spoke at the NIH HRHR symposium in Washington DC.

​Dec 5, 2016: Jeff gave the Physics colloquium at Yale University.

Oct 12, 2016: Jeff gave the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Departmental Seminar at the University of Minnesota.

Sept 26, 2016: Jeff gave the q-bio symposium at UCSD.

Sept 24, 2016: Jeff gave the keynote talk at the Berkeley Biophysics Retreat.

Sept 15, 2016: Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at MIT.

Sept 5 - 7, 2016: Jeff spoke at the British Mycological Society Meeting in Exeter, UK.

July 27 - 30, 2016: Several members of the group attended the q-bio meeting in Knoxville,TN.

June 14 - 15, 2016: Much of the lab attended the Boston Bacterial Meeting.

May 23, 2016: Jeff gave the Bioengineering Seminar at Stanford University.

May 21, 2016: Jeff attended a Symposium in honor of his graduate advisor Carlos Bustamante.

May 19, 2016: Jeff attended a workshop as part of the DARPA BRICS program.

April 18 - 22, 2016: Jeff spoke at the Fluctuation-driven phenomena in biological systems workshop in Warwick, UK.

April 7, 2016: Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at SUNY Buffalo.

Mar 24, 2016: Jeff spoke at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden.

Mar 23, 2016: Jeff spoke at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tuebingen.

Mar 21, 2016: Jeff spoke at ETH in Zurich.

Mar 14 - 18, 2016: Jeff, Jonathan Friedman, Tim Hoek, Shreyas Gokhale, and Saurabh Gandhi attended the annual APS March Meeting in Baltimore.

Mar 9, 2016: Jeff spoke at the Green Center for Systems Biology at UT Southwestern.

​Feb 23, 2016: Jeff spoke at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.

Nov 12 - 13, 2015: Jeff was at a meeting for the DARPA BRICS program in Pasadena, CA.

Nov 3, 2015: Jeff spoke at the EEB seminar at Brown University.

Oct 26 - 27, 2015: Jeff was part of a workshop at the NSF on the math / bio interface.

Sept 13 - 14, 2015: Most of the lab attended the annual MIT Interdepartmental Biophysics Retreat on Cape Cod!

Sept 11, 2015: Jeff spoke at the DARPA "Wait, What? Technology Forum" in St Louis, MO.

Aug 24, 2015: The lab went on a beach trip!

Aug 10 - 14, 2015: Jeff gave an invited talk at the 15th European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Aug 9 - 14, 2015: Saurabh Gandhi, Logan Higgins, and Jonathan Friedman will present at the Ecological Society of America meeting.

Aug 5 - 8, 2015: Arolyn Conwill will give a talk on oscillations in a microbial mutualism at the q-bio conference.

July 20 - 24, 2015: Jonathan Friedman presented at the GRC on Microbial Population Dynamics.

July 19 - July 25, 2015: Jeff was an instructor at the Lipari Summer School in Italy.

May 17 - 21, 2015: Jeff gave a plenary talk at the SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in Snowbird, Utah. 

April 27 - May 1, 2015: Jeff  spoke at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute Workshop on Evolutionary Game Theory.

April 6, 2015: Jeff spoke at the annual symposium of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, WA.

Mar 12 - 15, 2015: Jeff participated in the Scialog gathering in Arizona.

Mar 2 - 6, 2015: Some members of the lab attended the APS March Meeting. 

Mar 1 - 6, 2015: Jeff gavee a talk at the annual Pew Scholars Meeting in Puerto Rico.

​Feb 9 - 10, 2015: Jeff gave a talk at the annual gathering of the Allen Distinguished Investigators (this year in La Jolla, CA).

Jan 27, 2015: Jeff gave the colloquium for the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept at Brown.

Jan 15, 2015: Jeff gave the Physics Dept colloquium at Case Western Reserve University.

Jan 8, 2015: Jeff gave a seminar at the IGSB at University of Chicago.

Dec 15 - 17: Jeff was at the HRHR Symposium in Bethesda for his New Innovator Award.

Nov 14, 2014: Jeff gave a seminar at Berkeley.

Nov 13, 2014: Jeff gave the BBC seminar at UCSF.

Oct 15 - 17, 2014: Jeff spoke in Germany at the Phenotypic Heterogeneity and Sociobiology in Bacteria Conference.

Oct 8, 2014: Jeff gave the Princeton Molecular and Cell Biology colloquium.

Sept 14 - 15, 2014: The lab attended the MIT biophysics retreat on Cape Cod.

Sept 8, 2014: Jeff spoke at the Duke University Computational Biology Seminar Series.

August 13 - 16, 2014: Nic Vega and Eugene Yurtsev presented at the q-bio meeting in Santa Fe, NM.

August 16 - 20, 2014: Jeff gave a talk at Cambridge University as part of a workshop on microbial populations.

August 11 - 14, 2014: Jeff spoke at the Lorenz Center in Leiden at a workshop on "Fluctuations in population biology, epidemiology, and evolution."

July 2014: Jeff will spent a week pretending to be a field ecologist in the Mediterranean!

June 15 -19, 2014: Jeff gave a talk at the Ban Honnef Physics Center Summer School in Germany on Mechanisms, Strategies, and Evolution of Microbial Systems.

June 12 - 13, 2014: Several members of the lab presented at the Boston Bacterial Meeting.

March 11, 2014: Jeff gave a talk at HMS as part of the Boston SynBio working group.

March 3 - 7, 2014: APS March Meeting in Denver:

    Mon @ 9:12am: Jeff Gore on cooperation, cheating, and collapse in microbes.

    Tue @ 10am: Lei Dai on stability and resilience in ecosystems.

    Tue @ 10:48am: Barrett Derris on the evolvability of antibiotic rseistance.

    Wed @ 3:54pm: Arolyn Conwill, on a bacterial mutualism.


Feb 26 - Mar 2, 2014: Jeff will be in Costa Rica for the Annual Pew Scholars gathering.

Feb 17 - 20, 2014: Kevin will give a talk at the winter q-bio meeting demonstrating a loss of resilience in a cellular phenotypic state near a critical transition.

December 18, 2013: Jeff will give the UCSD Division of Biological Sciences Colloquium.

December 14, 2013: Jeff will present at the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting.

November 18 - 20, 2013: Jeff will be in DC for the Annual NIH Pioneer / Innovator Symposium.

November 13, 2013:  Jeff will give a talk at the Cold Spring Harbor Quantitative Biology Seminar Series.

October 23 - 25, 2013: Jeff will be in Seattle for the annual meeting of the Allen Distinguised Investigators.

October 17, 2013: Jeff will give the Physics Dept Colloquium at U-Mass Amherst.

October 14, 2013: Jeff will give the University of Maryland Biophysics Seminar.

September 15 - 16, 2013: The entire lab will be attending the annual MIT Biophysics Retreat at Cape Cod!

August 7 - 10, 2013: Tanya gave a talk at the q-bio meeting in New Mexico.

August 4 - 9, 2013: Lei and Alvaro presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America.

July 22 - 26, 2013:  Jeff was in Korea to give two talks as part of the STATPHYS meeting.

July 21 - 26, 2013: Manoshi will present at the GRC Microbial Population Biology Meeting.

June 14 - 15, 2013: Several members of the lab will be at the Boston Bacterial Meeting.

June 7, 2013:  Jeff will give a talk at the 12th Annual Genomics Symposium at NYU.

May 31, 2013:  Jeff will give a talk at ENS in Paris.

May 30, 2013:  Jeff will give the LaserLab Colloquium at the Vrie University in Amsterdam.

May 28, 2013: Jeff will give a talk at the Monthly Meeting of the Dutch Biophysicists.

May 20, 2013:  Jeff will present at the American Society for Microbiology in Colorado.

April 25, 2013:  Jeff will present at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

April 19, 2013:  Jeff will give a seminar at the Center for the Physics of Living Cells at UIUC.

April 9, 20123:  Jeff gave the Soft Matter & Biophysics Seminar at Georgia Tech.

March 28, 2013: Jeff  gave the Microbiology Seminar at U-Mass Amherst.

March 26, 2013:  Jeff presented at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice University.

March 18 - 20, 2013:  Lei, Eugene, and Manoshi presented at the APS March Meeting.

March 18 - 22, 2013:  Jeff was in Puerto Rico at the Annual Meeting of the Pew Scholars.

March 14, 2013: Jeff presented at the Boston University Quantitative Biology Seminar Series.

March 11 - 12, 2013: Jeff presented at the NimBios Institute in Knwxville, TN.

January 27, 2013:  Jeff presented in the Biology IAP series.

January 24, 2013:  Jeff presented in the Frontiers in Quantitative Biology Seminar Series at Stanford.

January 14 - 22, 2013:  Jeff was at the KITP workshop in Santa Barbara on Multicellularity and Cooperation.

Dec 4, 2012: Jeff gave the colloquium at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller.

Dec 3, 2012: Jeff presented at the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University.

Nov 10 - 12, 2012: Jeff attended a Cellular Decision Making Workshop at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research in Toronto. 

Nov 2, 2012: Jeff gave the colloquium for the Dept of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

October 30, 2012:  Jeff gave the Condensed Matter Physics Seminar at Cornell.

October 10, 2012: Jeff gave the colloquium for the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University.

Sept 17, 2012: Jeff gave the colloquium at the Dept of Biology at the University of Rochester.

August 8 - 11, 2012: Manoshi and Kirill presented at the q-bio conference in Santa Fe, NM.

August 5 - 10, 2012: Lei, Alvaro, and Hasan presented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Portland, OR.

July 10, 2012: Jeff presented at the Tufts University Center for Cancer Systems Biology.

May 29, 2012:  Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at Oregon State University.

April 27 - May 1, 2012: Jeff was at an Animal Behavior workshop sponsored by the NSF.

April 25, 2012:  Jeff gave the Bauer Forum at Harvard Systems Biology.

April 18, 2012: Alvaro gave the biophysics seminar at Brandeis, discussing his recent results exploring coupling between evolutionary dynamics and population dynamics.

March 17 - 22, 2012: Jeff gave a talk at the annual Pew Scholars Meeting that was held in Panama this year!

March 7, 2012: Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at Washington University.

February 27 - March 2, 2012:  A majority of the lab was at the APS March Meeting. There were many great sessions, especially the Focus Sessions on Evolutionary Systems Biology and Stochastic Population Dynamics

January 24, 2012: Jeff gave a seminar at the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology at Stony Brook University.

November 14, 2011:  Jeff gave a seminar at the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at UT Austin.

November 10, 2011:  Jeff  presented at the MIT Biological Engineering Colloquium.

November 4, 2011:  Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at Virginia Tech (on Nov 7 he will also give the condensed matter seminar).

October 2 - 3, 2011:  Jeff organized the first MIT Biophysics retreat on Cape Cod.

Sept 19 - Sept 23, 2011:  Jeff gave a talk in Venice at the annual interdisciplinary workshop sponsored by the Munich Center for NanoScience.August 30 - Sept 3, 2011:  Jeff gave a talk at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC '11) Conference in Boston.  Jeff's talk will be held on Friday Sept 2, but there will be some great systems biology throughout the week.  

August 10 - 13, 2011:  Eugene Yurtsev and Lei Dai attended the q-bio conference for cellular decision making in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Lei Dai will give a 20 minute contributed talk on the "Experimental Observation of Early  Warning Signals for Approaching Population Collapse."
  • Eugene Yurstsev will present a poster and short talk on how "Microbial Cheating Limits the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance." 
July 23, 2011:  Lab trip to the beach!

June 26 - July 1:  Andrea Velenich and Stephen Serene  presented at the Eighth International Conference on Complex Systems in Quincy, MA.
  • Andrea Velenich  gave a talk on how "Genetic interactions in yeast are described by heavy-tailed distributions."
  • Stephen Serene gave a talk describing how "Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution."     
June 16, 2011:  Jeff gave a talk at Synthetic Biology 5.0, which will be held at Stanford University.
 April 19, 2011:  Jeff gave the Modern Optics and Spectroscopy Seminar (MOS) here at MIT.March 21 - 25, 2011:  APS March Meeting in Dallas, TX.  Our presentations were all on Wednesday afternoon (session T44).  
  • Jeff gave his speaking slot to Daan (see below).
  • Andrea Velenich: Analysis of epistatic interactions between mutations in yeast.
  • Kirill Korolev:  Evolution in an expanding frontier (work with David Nelson).
  • Tatiana Artemova:  Cooperative growth dynamics predict the strength of selection for the evolution of increased antibiotic resistance.
  • Daan Vorselen:  Early warning signals of impending extinction in a cooperatively growing yeast population.
  • James Damore:  A slowly evolving host moves first in symbiotic interactions.
  • Hui Xiao Chao:  Bacterial cheating limits the evolution of antibiotic resistance.
  • Longzhi Tan:  Slowly changing environments increases the reversibility of evolution for small population sizes.
March 11, 2011:  Jeff gave a seminar at the New England Complexity Institute (NECSI).February 22, 2011:  Jeff gave the q-bio seminar at Los Alamos National Lab.February 17, 2011:  Jeff gave the colloquium for the Systems & Computational Biology Department at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

February 2, 2011:  Jeff presented at the Harvard Squishy Physics Seminar (sponsored by the Weitz Lab).

January 28 - 30:  The first (annual?) Gore Lab ski trip!
January 20 - 21, 2011:  Jeff will present at a workshop on the Evolution of Microbial Cooperation at the University of Bath, England.January 4 - 14, 2011:  Jeff will be at the KITP in Santa Barbara for the workshop on "Microbial and Viral Evolution".December 3 - 5: Jeff will speak at Indiana University's Biocomplexity Institute for a workshop on "The Evolution of Cooperation". (pdf of poster)October 15:  Jeff gave the Physics Colloquium at Emory University.October 9: Jeff presented at the Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting.October 4: Jeff gave the McGill Biology Colloquium.September 24 - 26: Jeff went to the annual biology Whitehead retreat.September 21:  Jeff gave the Brandeis Physics Department Colloquium.September 19 - 20: Jeff went to the annual MIT Computational & Systems Biology retreat.August 29 - Sept 2:  Jeff was one of the speakers at the Physics of Evolution Summer School at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at UC San Diego.  The deadline for applications is June 15. August 11 - 14:  Longzhi Tan presented a poster on his research probing the reversibility of evolution at the qbio conference in New Mexico.  April 24, 2010:  Jeff was the speaker at the Annual Sciences Banquet, Suffolk University, Boston. April 13, 2010:  Jeff was going to present at the q-bio seminar series at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, but he had to cancel because his son was born that day! March 31, 2010:  Jeff presented at the MIT Parson's lab seminar on microbial systems (and beyond).  March 15, 2010:  Jeff spoke in a symposium at the APS March Meeting on Evolutionary Dynamics in the beautiful city of Portland, OR.  The other speakers included Roy Kishony, Sander Tans, Daniel Fisher, and Richard Neher.  February 20 - 24, 2010:  Jeff co-chaired a mini-symposium called "Cellular decision making: gene networks and evolutionary dynamics" at the Biophysical Society Meeting (in San Francisco!).  February 13, 2010:  Tan and Stephen presented a poster on their work probing the reversibility of evolution at the MIT Computational and Systems Biology poster session. January 15, 2010:  Jeff spoke at the annual Cells, Circuits, and Computation Conference at Harvard.  This is a wonderful one-day conference bringing together local researchers interested in biophysics and systems biology.  October 30, 2009:  Jeff presented at the Seminar Series in the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard. September 24, 2009:  Jeff gave a talk at the Boston Area Yeast Meeting. September 18, 2009:  Jeff presented his work at the Biophysics Seminar at Brandeis University  
News


Jan 20017: MIT News wrote an article on our recent game theory paper explaining a peculiar aspect of human interactions.

Dec, 2014: Lei Dai was awarded the Thesis Prize by the Division of Biological Physics of the American Physical Society!  

Dec 20, 2013: Avihu's paper with Pilpel studying tRNA evolution was published in eLife! 

Nov 29, 2013: Barrett's paper with Terry Hwa demonstrating bistability in cell growth in antibiotics was published in Science! 

Sept 12, 2013: Jeff has been awarded the Department's Buechner Teaching Award!

Aug 29, 2013: Nic's PNAS paper with Collins was highlighted by Nature.

Feb 28, 2013: Jeff was selected as an Allen Distinguished Investigator!

Sept 14, 2012: Jeff received an NIH New Innovator Award!

Sept 10, 2012:  Manoshi received the award for best poster at the biophysics retreat!

Sept 9 - 10, 2012: Most of the laboratory will be at Cape Cod for the 2nd Annual MIT Biophysics Retreat!

August 24, 2012:  The lab is taking off work to go to the beach!

June 1, 2012: Lei and Daan's paper was published in Science. They have demonstrated experimentally that changes in the fluctuations of a population can be used to signal an impending population collpase.  Congrats!

May 1, 2012: Eugene passed Part III of his qualifying exam.  Congrats!

April 27, 2012: Lei and Daan's paper was accepted to Science!

April 20, 2012: Sherry won first prize at the poster session for the MIT Society of Physics Students!

April 16, 2012: Manoshi won an NDSEG Fellowship!

April 12, 2012: Lei was awarded a Whitaker Fellowship.  Congratulations!

April 5, 2012: Eugene won first prize (and $500!) for his poster at the Physics Dept Post Session.

April 3, 2012: Tan's paper demonstrating that slowly switching between environments increases the reversibility of evolution was accepted for publication in Evolution.  Nice work!

Feb 9, 2012:  Tanya has won a teaching award for her hard work as the graduate teaching assistant for Systems Biology!

Jan 20 - 23, 2012: Annual lab ski trip!

Jan 12, 2012: Hasan passed his Research Qualifying Examination to receive his Masters in Electrical Engineering. Congrats!

Dec 13, 2011: Lei Dai passed the Part III of his qualifying exam. Congratulations Lei!

July 27, 2011:  Jeff received an NSF CAREER Award.

June 14, 2011:  Jeff was appointed as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences.May 25, 2011:  Nature published a news article featuring James "technically gifted" Damore.May 2011:  APS News published an article that mentions the talks that Tanya and Sherry gave at the March Meeting in Dallas.

May 13, 2011: The lab's first experimental paper "Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution", was published in Physical Review Letters.  Congratulations to Tan, Stephen, and Sherry!

May 11, 2011:  MIT News wrote an article about our new paper quantifying the reversibility of evolution.

April 26, 2011:  Jeff was awarded the UROP Faculty Mentor of the Year Award!  This award goes to a faculty member at MIT based upon the mentoring and teaching of undergraduate researchers.April 5, 2011:  Eugene Yurstsev was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship.  Congratulations Eugene!March 31, 2011:  The lab's first experimental paper "Hidden randomness between fitness landscapes limits reverse evolution", was accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.  Congratulations to Tan, Stephen, and Sherry!March 28, 2011:  CSB Graduate Student Manoshi Datta has decided to be jointly advised between our lab and the Lindquist Lab!February 15, 2011:  Jeff was appointed a Sloan Research Fellow.February 2, 2011:  The first paper from the lab has been accepted!  James Damore's paper "A slowly evolving host moves first in symbiotic interactions" will be published in the journal Evolution. 
January 28 - 30:  The first (annual?) Gore Lab ski trip!
 July 8:  First Gore Lab vs van Oudenaarden Lab volleyball match!   June, 2010:  Andrea Velenich started as the lab's first full-time postdoc and James Damore started as the lab's first research associate/technician.

April 21, 2010:  Sophia Hsin-Jun Li, an undergraduate biologist, joined the lab.  She also recently won two gold medals in the women's red belt light/welter division at the National Intercollegiate Taekwondo Championship.  Congratulations! April 13, 2010:  Jeff was going to present at the q-bio seminar series at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, but he had to cancel because his son was born that day! March 30, 2010:  Ylaine Gerardin won a Hertz Fellowship!  Congratulations! March 28, 2010:  In addition to their accomplishments in lab, several of the lab members also represent MIT on athletic teams:  
  • Stephen Serene ran a personal best of 4:03 in the 1500m (equivalent to a 4:22 mile!) at Washington Lee University in Lexington, VA.
  • Sherry Chao placed 2nd in the 200m breastsroke at the 2010 New England LSMC Short Course Yards Championship.
Congratulations to both of them! 

January 4, 2010:  Alvaro Sanchez-Andres accepted an offer to become the lab's second full-time postdoc. Sept 10, 2009:  The lab got its first formal UROP student.  Stephen Serene is a sophomore physics major and will be working on evolutionary reversability. Sept 10, 2009:  Eugene Yurtsev, a first year physics graduate student, becomes the second student to join the lab. Sept 4, 2009:  Lei Dai, a first year physics graduate student, becomes the first student to join the lab! September 1, 2009:  First day of the lab, and Kaya Erbil starts.   July 6, 2009:  Kaya Erbil accepts an offer to start Sept 1 as the lab's first (joint) postdoc!  
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