Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars

Return to Colloquia & Seminar listing

Generation and functions of intracellular fluid flows

Special Events

Speaker: Alex Mogilner, Courant Institute and the Department of Biology, New York University
Related Webpage:
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Fri, Oct 26 2018, 5:15PM

Mechanobiology - studying generation and effects of physical forces and movements in cell biology - is a thriving field, yet most attention is paid to the cytoskeleton, a dynamic and mechanically active fibrous scaffold. Meanwhile, the mechanics of the cytosol - the fluid fraction of the cytoplasm - remains not well understood. I will discuss two studies, in which experiment and mathematical modeling were combined to (1) understand whether there is a fluid flow through the motile cell, and if so, whether this flow affects the cell movement, and (2) demonstrate that the flow of the cytosol can be a dominant force that positions cell organelles at the cell center.

There will be a reception with light refreshments from 3:45-4:15 in the lobby of the Mathematical Sciences Building.