2022 Mosaic Lecture Series

Celebrating Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences

The Topology of Nucleic Acids

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 7:00 pm, LTT 103 - Lecture Hall

Dr. Mariel Vazquez

Professor of Mathematics; Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

The genetic code of viruses and of living organisms is contained in very long DNA or RNA molecules, which are tightly packaged in confined environments. In order to fit, the molecules need to coil upon themselves. Understanding the shape of chromosomes is key to understanding the mechanisms of viral infection and the inner workings of a cell. We use techniques from knot theory and topology, aided by discrete and computational methods, to ask questions about the topological state of a genome. I will illustrate the use of these methods with examples drawn from recent work in my group. The lecture will be accessible to students and suitable to a diverse interdisciplinary audience.

Dr. Edray Goins

Photos from the 2022 Mosaic Lecture

Guests in attendance of the 2022 Mosaic Lecture presentation
A photo of Dr. Maria Vazquez Presenting the 2022 Mosaic Lecture

For more information regarding this event, please contact Dr. Rene Ardila
at (616) 331-2041  or [email protected] 


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Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Laker Familia and the Gayle Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity.

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