Contact :
Matthieu Labousse
matthieu.labousse (arobase)
Tel : +33 (0) 1 40 79 45 97

Joshua McGraw
joshua.mcgraw (arobase)
Tel : +33 (0) 1 40 79 59 62


Gulliver seminars take place on Mondays at 11:30 AM in the F304 room, and typically last one hour including questions. The seminars are in English, and the scientific topics are mainly those studied in the laboratory.

Gulliver Seminar : Wilhelm Huck (Radboud University)

Lundi 19 juin de 11h30 à 12h30 - Bibliothèque PCT - F3.04

Self-organizing chemical reaction networks : from adaptation to reservoir computing

The cell is arguably the most amazing material that exist. Inspired by its unique functions –homeostasis, sensing, adaptation, growth – we are exploring routes to construct synthetic systems that capture some of the complexity of living systems. Our focus is on complex networks of chemical reactions. In cells, they define how life works. We are familiar with the metabolic networks studied in biochemistry, and in recent decades many regularly recurring network motifs have been uncovered that are responsible for much of the functional behaviour in signalling or genetic networks. However, molecular ‘circuits' are very delicate, and sensitive to changes in concentration, temperature, and so on. In this lecture, I will discuss strategies to ‘synthesize' programmable reaction networks in microfluidic flow reactors, and we can use these networks as powerful reservoir computers.


Seminars  (2)

General recommendations for the speakers

The audience is often heterogeneous - because of the wide range of scientific topics covered in the lab - so planning a talk for a broader audience would be preferred. The seminar is in English, and speakers are thus invited to prepare their slides in English.

The seminar starts at 11:30 AM. The speaker is asked to arrive in the lab at least 15 minutes in advance to set up their computer. The talks last typically 45 minutes, and are followed by a discussion time.