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Biophysics at the coffee shop: lessons learned working with George Oster.

  • Author(s): Igoshin, Oleg A
  • Chen, Jing
  • Xing, Jianhua
  • Liu, Jian
  • Elston, Timothy C
  • Grabe, Michael
  • Kim, Kenneth S
  • Nirody, Jasmine A
  • Rangamani, Padmini
  • Sun, Sean X
  • Wang, Hongyun
  • Wolgemuth, Charles
  • et al.
Abstract

Over the past 50 years, the use of mathematical models, derived from physical reasoning, to describe molecular and cellular systems has evolved from an art of the few to a cornerstone of biological inquiry. George Oster stood out as a pioneer of this paradigm shift from descriptive to quantitative biology not only through his numerous research accomplishments, but also through the many students and postdocs he mentored over his long career. Those of us fortunate enough to have worked with George agree that his sharp intellect, physical intuition, and passion for scientific inquiry not only inspired us as scientists but also greatly influenced the way we conduct research. We would like to share a few important lessons we learned from George in honor of his memory and with the hope that they may inspire future generations of scientists.

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