Recommended Scientific Papers, Books, Talks, and Podcasts


Alon, U., How to choose a good scientific problem, Molecular Cell, 35: 726-728 (2009)

Blake, W.J., et al., Phenotypic consequences of promoter-mediated transcriptional noise, Molecular Cell, 24: 853-865 (2006)

Brock, A., et al., Non-genetic heterogeneity - a mutation-independent driving force for the somatic evolution of tumours, Nature Reviews Genetics, 10: 336-342 (2009)

Elowitz, M.B., et al., A synthetic oscillatory network of transcriptional regulators, Nature, 403: 335-338 (2000).

Gardner, T.S., et al., Construction of a genetic toggle switch in Escherichia coli, Nature, 403: 339-342 (2000)

Gasch, A.P., et al., Genomic Expression Programs in the Response of Yeast Cells to Environmental Changes, Molecular Biology of the Cell, 11: 4241-4257 (2000)

Gillespie, D.T., A general method for numerically simulating the stochastic time evolution of coupled chemical reactions, Journal of Computational Physics, 22: 403-434 (1976)

Gillespie, D.T., Exact Stochastic Simulation of Coupled Chemical Reactions, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 81:2340-2361 (1977)

Gunawardena, J., Models in biology: 'accurate descriptions of our pathetic thinking', BMC Biology, 12:29 (2014)

Kaern, M., et al., Stochasticity in gene expression: From theories to phenotypes, Nature Reviews Genetics, 6:451-464 (2005)

Kauffman, S.A., Metabolic stability and epigenesis in randomly constructed genetic nets, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 22: 437-467 (1969)

Lazebnik, Y., Can a biologist fix a radio? Or what I learned while studying apoptosis, Cancer Cell, 2: 179-182 (2002)


"The Discovery of Insulin" by Michael Bliss, ISBN: 978-1487516574

"The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins, ISBN: 978-0198788607

"A World Beyond Physics: The Emergence & Evolution of Life" by Stuart Kauffman, ISBN: 978-0190871338

"The Character of Physics Law" by Richard Feynman, ISBN: 978-0262533416

"Deep Work" by Cal Newport, ISBN: 978-1455586691

"Synthetic: How Life Got Made" by Sophia Roosth, ISBN: 978-0226440460

"What is Life?" by Erwin Schrodinger, ISBN: 978-1107604667

"Making Sense of Noise?" by You & Leu, ISBN: 978-3030572457


Daniel T. Gillespie, From the Stochastic Simulation Algorithm to the Small-Voxel Tracking Algorithm (final lecture - 2017 GRC Stochastic Physics in Biology)


Artificial Intelligence Research at the University of Alberta: AI4Society Dialogs

Life, Science & Medicine: Behind the Microscope

Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts & Ideas: Sean Carroll's Mindscape

Antibiotic Resistance News & Features: Superbugs Unplugged