Kauffman to Speak at Krasnow Institute

Posted: November 13, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Stuart Kauffman, affiliate professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, will give a talk on “Understanding Genetic Regulatory Networks” as part of the Krasnow Monday seminar series on Nov. 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 229 at the institute.

A theoretical biologist who studies the origin of life and the origins of molecular organization, Kauffman was awarded the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “genius award,” for 1987-92. His major areas of research include developmental genetics, theoretical biology, evolution, the origin of life, and economic webs.

In addition to his relationship with Krasnow, Kauffman is currently research professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Department of Cell Biology and Physiology as well as external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He has written three books, The Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution (1993), At Home in the Universe (1995), and Investigations (2000). He has published more than 100 papers and holds two dozen patents nationally and internationally. He is known for developing the Kauffman models, random networks exhibiting a kind of self-organization.

In 1996, Kauffman formed BiosGroup, a software development and consulting company, in partnership with Ernst and Young. BiosGroup was acquired by NuTech Solutions Inc., and Kauffman now serves on NuTech’s board of directors. NuTech, based in Charlotte, N.C., provides software products for the financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries as well as government organizations.

Kauffman received B.A. degrees from Dartmouth College and Oxford University, and has his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. During his career he has worked at the University of Chicago, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. He has been a consultant to Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1985.

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