IICD Newsletter April 2021

April 05, 2021
April 5th, 2021
Keck Foundation Science Award
to Ivan and Eric Corwin
Ivan Corwin (IICD member and professor of mathematics) and Eric Corwin (University of Oregon, Physics) were recently awarded a $1,000,000 W.M. Keck foundation Science and Engineering grant to study "Extreme Diffusion". Over one hundred years ago Einstein created a remarkably simple and powerful theory describing the behavior of a single diffusing particle. That theory has since been applied countless times to successfully model widely disparate systems. However, when a large number of particles are diffusing in the same environment, that theory neglects the effect of the shared environment in which all particles coexist. The Corwin brothers plan to demonstrate (theoretically, numerically and experimentally) that due to this neglect, Einstein's theory dramatically fails to predict the behavior of extreme diffusion, i.e., the outlier particles which have moved the farthest from their starting points. By synthesizing their experimental measures and theoretical results, they will define a new "extreme diffusion coefficient" which succinctly describes these extreme behaviors and provides a window into the internal correlation structure of the environment in which diffusion occurs. Understanding the behavior of outliers will have wide ranging applicability to physical, biological, epidemiological, economic, and social systems where outliers often determine behavior.
Visit the W.M. Keck Foundation Science and Engineering Grant 
De Blasio’s Visit 
Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Brent Stockwell’s lab at Columbia University to discuss the new Therapeutic Validation Center, which will be partly funded by the New York City Economic Development Corp. The Mayor was extremely interested in hearing what the city can do to make NYC a leading hub for biotech investments and companies and how it will increase job opportunities in the life science industries. As the Mayor said during our visit—“science is back”. 
Congratulation to Elham Azizi and Benjamin Izar who were selected for funding by the 2021 Research Initiatives in Science & Engineering competition for their project, “Dissecting drug resistance in serial uveal melanoma biopsies using integrated, multi-modal single-cell profiling and novel machine learning tools”. 
Job opportunities
Staff Associate III

The Computational Cancer Biology Laboratory and the Laboratory for Synthetic Organogenesis at Columbia University are jointly seeking a Staff Associate III to assist with ongoing research in cancer biology in both labs as well as with collaborative projects between the two labs. For more information and application here.

Postdoctoral positions available - Modeling Immunological Memory
Immunological memory is a complex system that is highly dynamic in time and space, involving multiple cell populations that compete, self-renew, turn over, and shift in phenotype and repertoire diversity over a person’s lifetime. The Yates group has openings for postdoctoral positions, using mathematical and computational methods to characterize the dynamic structure of T and B cell memory in various settings. Expertise in immunology is an advantage but not required. See more about this opportunity 
here, or to make an informal inquiry, email [email protected] 

Joint Postdoc opening in the ZMBBI and IICD

The Herbert and Florence Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics, and the Peterka lab at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist to spearhead a collaborative research project focused on the application and development of advanced optical imaging instrumentation and methods for spatially resolved tissue imaging and -omics primarily in tumors.  The postdoctoral research scientist will oversee developing new approaches to image and interrogate the tumor microenvironment with single-cell resolution. The ideal candidate has prior experience with advanced microscopy and optomechanical integration, as well as image processing and analysis. Please contact [email protected] and [email protected] if interested.
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