Illés Farkas, Senior research associate, Statistical and Biological Physics Group
of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Group head: Tamás Vicsek, my mentor.
|Research: Biological and social regulatory networks |
|General description: Anywhere you look you will see that smaller components make up larger entities, systems. For example, you may wonder how the molecules of one of your cells (or a large group of human individuals) can act as one when needed. In these two (and many other) cases the key is control/influence mediated through the interactions among the participating units. Specialists usually think about these systems in terms of networks (nodes=participants, links=contacts).|
For specialists: Biological and social systems have highly complex internal dynamics and are rich in both small- and large-scale collective behaviors. Interestingly, the large number of control structures enabling these behaviors can be mapped to a small number of (universal) control patterns, which are often quantified through networks.
|Highlights of past research |
|Current projects |
|Dynamics of biochemical circuits – with Mihály Koltai (Heidelberg), Chao Tang (PKU, UCSF), Wendell Lim (UCSF)
Evolution of social networks – with Ádám Szántó-Várnagy (student), Enys Mones, Tamás Vicsek (ELTE, HAS)
Collective self-driven and pedestrian motion – with Jeromos Kun (student), Yi Jin, MingLiang Xu (ZZU)
Leonardo Morsut and Wendell Lim (UCSF): Cell polarization