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Self Organization in Competition and Diversity

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address: NORREGADE 10
postcode: 1165

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 Coordinator Country Denmark [DK]
 Total cost 2˙211˙015 €
 EC max contribution 2˙211˙015 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) coordinator 2˙211˙015.00


 Project objective

'At all scales, biology presents an astounding diversity of discrete states or species that coexist with each other long times. At the sub-cellular scale, molecular competition and positive feedback maintain cells in specialized epigenetic states over very long time, allowing for embryonic development of complex multicellular organisms. On larger length scales, stable yet dynamic ecosystems emerge from competition between different species. This general pattern calls for research with a focus on diversity, and how competition can act as its 'engine'. Statistical mechanics of complex systems provides a framework for studying universality of collective and cooperative phenomena, usually through repeated action of identical agents. I want to extend this methodology by allowing these agents to diversify. And I want to focus on the emerging diversity as a main measure of complexity. I will explore the origin and sustainability of diversity, using model systems from biology. The hypothesis is that competition is the main driver of diversity, with randomness and cooperation playing auxiliary roles.

The research will be guided by agent based models of biologically relevant examples of competition and diversity: - Patterns of Competitive Regulation - Competition as an Engine of Ecosystem Diversity - Diseases and host Immunity. These categories will include computational aspects of gene regulation, sustainable structures of ecosystems, mechanism of speciation facilitated by competition and defense systems including the interplay between diseases and host immune systems. My aim is both multidisciplinary and ambitious: To create a new paradigm that explicitly measures self organization in terms of its resulting diversity.'


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Bjarke Frost Nielsen, Silas Boye Nissen, Kim Sneppen, Joachim Mathiesen, Ala Trusina
Model to Link Cell Shape and Polarity with Organogenesis
published pages: 100830, ISSN: 2589-0042, DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.100830
iScience 23/2 2020-03-24
2020 Andreas Eilersen, Mogens H. Jensen, Kim Sneppen
Chaos in disease outbreaks among prey
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-60945-z
Scientific Reports 10/1 2020-03-24
2020 Rasmus Skytte Eriksen, Namiko Mitarai, Kim Sneppen
Sustainability of spatially distributed bacteria-phage systems
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-59635-7
Scientific Reports 10/1 2020-03-23
2019 Kim Sneppen, Leonie Ringrose
Theoretical analysis of Polycomb-Trithorax systems predicts that poised chromatin is bistable and not bivalent
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10130-2
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-03-23
2018 Rasmus Skytte Eriksen, Sine L. Svenningsen, Kim Sneppen, Namiko Mitarai
A growing microcolony can survive and support persistent propagation of virulent phages
published pages: 337-342, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1708954115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/2 2020-03-13
2019 Julius B. Kirkegaard, Bjarke F. Nielsen, Ala Trusina, Kim Sneppen
Self-assembly, buckling and density-invariant growth of three-dimensional vascular networks
published pages: 20190517, ISSN: 1742-5689, DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0517
Journal of The Royal Society Interface 16/159 2020-03-05
2019 Sergei Maslov, Kim Sneppen
Regime Shifts in a Phage-Bacterium Ecosystem and Strategies for Its Control
published pages: , ISSN: 2379-5077, DOI: 10.1128/msystems.00470-19
mSystems 4/6 2020-03-05
2018 Cecilia Lövkvist, Kim Sneppen, Jan O. Haerter
Exploring the Link between Nucleosome Occupancy and DNA Methylation
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-8021, DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2017.00232
Frontiers in Genetics 8 2019-06-06
2019 Florian Uekermann, Lone Simonsen, Kim Sneppen
Exploring the contribution of exposure heterogeneity to the cessation of the 2014 Ebola epidemic
published pages: e0210638, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210638
PLOS ONE 14/2 2019-06-06
2018 Svend Bertel Dahl-Jensen, Siham Yennek, Lydie Flasse, Hjalte List Larsen, Dror Sever, Gopal Karremore, Ivana Novak, Kim Sneppen, Anne Grapin-Botton
Deconstructing the principles of ductal network formation in the pancreas
published pages: e2002842, ISSN: 1545-7885, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002842
PLOS Biology 16/7 2019-06-06
2019 Andreas Eilersen, Kim Sneppen
Applying allometric scaling to predator-prey systems
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.99.022405
Physical Review E 99/2 2019-06-06
2017 Rasmus Skytte Eriksen, Sine L. Svenningsen, Kim Sneppen, Namiko Mitarai
A growing microcolony can survive and support persistent propagation of virulent phages
published pages: 337-342, ISSN: 1091-6490, DOI:
Proceedings national academy of Sciences of the United states of america 115 2019-06-06
2018 Kim Sneppen, Stefan Bornholdt
Globalization in a nutshell
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.98.042314
Physical Review E 98/4 2019-06-06
2018 Jan O. Haerter, Namiko Mitarai, Kim Sneppen
Theory of invasion extinction dynamics in minimal food webs
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.97.022404
Physical Review E 97/2 2019-06-06
2018 Silas Boye Nissen, Steven Rønhild, Ala Trusina, Kim Sneppen
Theoretical tool bridging cell polarities with development of robust morphologies
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/elife.38407.001
elife 2019-06-06

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