Abstract:
Reaction networks taken with mass-action kinetics arise in many settings,
from epidemiology to population biology to systems of chemical reactions.
This talk focuses on certain biological signaling networks, namely,
phosphorylation networks, and their resulting dynamical systems. For many of
these systems, the set of steady states admits a rational parametrization
(that is, the set is the image of a map with rational-function coordinates).
We describe how such a parametrization allows us to investigate the dynamics
of phosphorylation networks, including the emergence of bistability and the capacity for oscillations. |