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Qlife Quantitative Biology Winter School : Quantitative Viral Dynamics Across Scales

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Master in Life Science, ENS
Qlife Quantitative Biology Winter School | Quantitative Viral Dynamics Across Scales
Year : 2 (M2)
Semester : 2 (S2)
Duration : 1 week (March 21-25, 2022)


Patrick Charnay, ENS Biology

Chairman of the scientific committee

Joshua Weitz, Georgia Institute of Technology & ENS Biology


50 h




Digital practical, quantitative viral dynamics, cellular infection, within-host dynamics, population dynamics, evolutionary dynamics, impacts on ecosystems

Prerequisites for the course

Basic experience in file manipulation under Unix/Linux and some coding ability in Python or R. Attendance is competitive (24 participants) and open to M2 students, PhD students and postdocs with backgrounds in life science, physics, computer science and mathematics. Some knowledge or experience in the field is therefore recommended.
A Covid-19 sanitary pass might be required to attend the course depending on the sanitary situation.

Course objectives and description

Viral infections transform the fate of cells, organisms, populations, and ecosystems. The global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has revealed how rapidly an emerging viral disease can spread within hosts and between individuals in a connected population, with devastating consequences. In response, quantitative modelling has become a key component of response efforts : shaping the rationale for non-pharmaceutical interventions, helping to structure and implement novel mitigation strategies, and providing a glimpse of how immunity, transmission, and evolution converge in shaping a potential transition to post-pandemic dynamics.
This course will bring thought leaders in dialogue with the next generation of early career scientists to advance the integrative study of quantitative viral dynamics across scales. It will intentionally focus on organizing principles of multi-scale dynamics spanning both epidemiology (primarily the dynamics of viral infections in humans) and ecology (primarily the dynamics of viral infections in bacteria). The workshop will provide the conceptual basis for understanding viral impacts across scales, quantitative methods for analysing within and between host spread, and computational toolkits to integrate robust quantitative methods into research practice. For the digital practical (every afternoon), the students will participate in either the ecology or epidemic series.

Assessment of M2 students

During the course, the students will submit a brief report for each digital workshop (5 in total), which will be assessed by the instructors..

Course material

The course will include foundational lectures, a series of hands-on digital workshops run by experts, and plenary talks from renowned scientists.

Scientific Committee

Ecology series : Laurent Debarbieux (Institut Pasteur), Marianne de Paepe (Micaelis Institute), Michael Hochberg (Montpellier), and Namiko Mitarai (Niels Bohr Institute)
Epidemics series : Shweta Bansal (Georgetown University), Richard Neher (University of Basel), Igor Rouzine (Sorbonne University), and Aleksandra Walczak (ENS Physics)

Application Deadline

January 7, 2022.

Registration fees

150 € (fees cover food and lodging from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. Some travel grants will be available).

Application procedure

Register through the following link :
In addition, provide a CV, a 1 page motivation letter (including justification for travel grant if requested) and a supporting letter from a supervisor with “Qlife winter VirDyn school 2022 – LASTNAME” as the subject header to chez

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