Is it possible to define life using math? Dr. Alyssa Adams’s research seeks to answer precisely this question. In their Share Your Research talk, Dr. Adams introduces the concept of open-ended evolution, and describes how they have developed mathematical models to help us understand how biological systems can innovate within a changing environment. These studies could help us to identify living systems beyond our planet that may be vastly different from those we recognize on Earth!
Alyssa Adams got their PhD in Physics at Arizona State University, where they studied the difference between living systems and non-living ones. Alyssa is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Morgridge Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where they study interactions between viruses and hosts they infect. These interactions might help us understand how biological… Continue Reading