Topics Discussed in Lex Fridman Podcast #153 – Lex Fridman & Dmitry Korkin: Proteins and the building blocks of life, Spike protein, Coronavirus biological structure explained, Virus mutations, Evolution of proteins, Self-replicating computer programs, Origin of life, Extraterrestrial life in our solar system, Joshua Lederberg, Dendral, Why did expert systems fail?, AlphaFold 2, Will AI revolutionize art and music?, Multi-protein folding, Will AlphaFold 2 result in a Nobel Prize?, Will AI be used to engineer deadly viruses?, Book recommendations, Family, A poem in Russian.

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Lex Fridman Dmitry Korkin

Dmitry Korkin

Dmitry Korkin is a professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at WPI. His research is interdisciplinary and spans the fields of bioinformatics of complex disease, computational genomics, systems biology, and biomedical data analytics. We bring expertise in machine learning, data mining and massive data analytics to study molecular mechanisms underlying genetic disorders, such as cancer, diabetes, and autism, and deadly infections, such as pandemic flu. His approaches benefit from integrating multi-omic, systems, and structural biology data. We also develop hardware-optimized algorithms to understand the evolution of animal and plant genomes on the large scale. Finally, we collaborate with experimental scientists to test biological hypotheses generated by computational predictions. Members of our lab have enjoyed working together on cutting-edge cross-disciplinary projects and participating in collaborations nationally and internationally. Find the books mentioned in his conversation with Lex Fridman below.

Books Mentioned in this Podcast with Lex Fridman & Dmitry Korkin:

Book Title: The Master and Margarita

Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

Book Title: Cancer Ward

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Book Title: The Computer & The Brain

Author: John von Neumann

Book Title: Lab Girl

Author: Hope Jahren