On Friday May 1, 2009 we will celebrate the opening of the Laboratory for Mathematical and Computational Biology in the Mathematics Department at UC Berkeley. This newly remodeled space is designed to foster real contact between the biological and mathematical sciences, and houses undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdocs and visiting researchers. The Lab opening is possible thanks to a generous donation that has funded the renovation, along with stipends for students and postdocs.

The tentative schedule for the opening day is:

10:00am - Breakfast and poster session
10:45am - Opening remarks
11:30am - Michael Eisen: Why does biology need mathematics?
12:15pm - Bernd Sturmfels: Can biology lead to new theorems?
12:45pm - Lunch
2:00pm - Julie Mitchell: Collaborative training for mathematics and biology
2:45pm - Lior Pachter: A vision for the lab
3:30pm - Tea and informal discussion
The Laboratory for Mathematical and Computational Biology

The Laboratory for Mathematical and Computational Biology, 748 Evans Hall