Ryan McGee

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Complex Systems Summer School 2016

Ryan McGee, University of Washington

Phone: 636 288 9095

I am a first year grad student working with Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington. I am investigating the role that information processing has in evolution at multiple scales and how biological computation systems evolve. I am exploring a combination of experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches.

Questions I find interesting:

  • How does evolution act as an information-encoding process (eg how does selection encode information in the genome?)
  • How are biological information processing systems (eg gene regulatory networks, neural circuits) encoded in the genome and/or otherwise?
  • How can we quantify the information processing properties of biological networks? (eg efficiency, robustness, integration)
  • What network properties are selected upon in different contexts ("what does evolution care about?")
  • How do biological networks, their encodings, and their properties change over the course of evolution?

I am interested in a ton of potential project areas, especially anything to do with information on networks and change of networks over time.

In my free time, I love being outdoors, playing recreational sports, checking out live music, and messing around with musical instruments.