Predictive models of cells are needed to understand biology, rationally design microorganisms, and precisely treat disease. Numerous challenges must be overcome to develop predictive models of entire cells. This seminar aims to stimulate discussion about how to overcome these challenges and foster an interdisciplinary cell modeling community.

Speaker schedule

December 4, 2018: Bill Hlavacek

Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Formalizing and leveraging qualitative observations of system behavior in model development

January 8, 2019: Stephen Larson 

Co-founder, OpenWorm Foundation and CEO, MetaCell

OpenWorm: Building a whole animal simulation

February 5, 2019: Barbara Bakker 

Professor, University Medical Center Groningen

Computational models and network-based drug design for metabolic disease

March 5, 2019: Andrew Hessel 

CEO, Humane Genomics

GP-write and the future of engineering living organisms: a personal perspective

April 2, 2019: Jacky Snoep 

Professor, University of Stellenbosch

Data and model management using the FAIRDOMHub: from experiment to model simulation and publication



First Tuesday of each month
3 pm EDT (8 pm UTC)

Replay of talk with second discussion
First Thursday of each month
9 am IST (3:30 am UTC)

Online using Zoom

25 minute presentation
35 minute group discussion


Videos of past seminars will be available at YouTube .


Yosef Roth / Mount Sinai
Veronica Porubsky / U Washington
Jonathan Karr / Mount Sinai
Herbert Sauro / U Washington


Please reach out to us by email with questions or suggestions for the seminar.


November 6, 2018: Sheriff Rahuman

Project Leader, European Bioinformatics Institute

Leveraging public data repositories for cell modeling