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Science and Mathematics

Physics Colloquium: Physics of Morphogenetic Matter

October 14, 2021 at 3:30pm4:45pm EDT

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The Department of Physics is pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret Gardel, Horace B. Horton Professor of Physics and Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, to present their virtual colloquia. 

Abstract: My lab studies how the movement and shape of living cells is controlled by living materials constructed by protein assemblies within the cell interior.  In this talk, I will describe my lab’s recent efforts to understand the design principles of the active, soft materials that drive morphogenesis of epithelial tissue.  In particular, we are interested in the design principles by which protein-based materials generate, relax, sense and adapt to mechanical force.  Here I will describe our current experimental efforts using optogenetic approaches to study a morphogenetic ratchet controlling epithelial cell shape.  

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This event was first published on September 22, 2021 and last updated on October 12, 2021.

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