Kinetic and related models with applications in the natural sciences

Bistability and oscillations in mass-action kinetics systems arising in biology

Anne Shiu

Texas A&M University


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.