Colloquium Schedule

Colloquium: Thursday, February 18, 4:10 PM, Lewis Lab 316

Active Mechanics Keeps Our Cells Alive

Wylie Ahmed

Physical Chemistry Department
Institut Curie, Paris

Unlike traditional materials, living cells actively generate forces at the molecular scale that change their overall structure and mechanical properties. This nonequilibrium activity is essential for cellular function, and drives processes such as division, migration, and organization. In the first part of this talk, I will discuss how cells throughout the body (e.g. muscle, heart, tissue, and brain) must act as active mechanical systems to keep us alive.  In the second part, I will discuss recent advances that allow quantification of nonequilibrium activity in living cells and insight on the molecular-scale driving forces.  An understanding of active mechanics in living cells will uncover the basic physical principles driving biological processes and inspire new advances in nonequilibrium physics and materials science.

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Physics and Astronomy Colloquia are usually scheduled for Thursdays at 4:10 PM in Lewis Lab room 316. Refreshments and snacks are available in the nearby coffee room at 3:45 PM.


Physics Colloquium Schedule for SPRING 2016

Click on Title below for past or upcoming Announcements (where available), and Speaker name for website.        

January 28Brian CamleyUC San DiegoEmergent Collective Chemotaxis Without Single-Cell Gradient Sensing
February 4Francesca SerraU of PennsylvaniaGood Defects, or What Frustrated
Liquid Crystals Can Do
February 11Shana Elbaum-GarfinklePrinceton Univ.From Fluids to Fibers: Liquid Phase Separation and Aggregation of Disordered Proteins
February 18Wylie AhmedInstitut Curie, ParisActive Mechanics Keeps Our Cells Alive
February 25Andrea SorannoUniv. of ZurichTBA
March 3Aurelia Honerkamp-SmithUniv. of CambridgeTBA
March 10Thomas HartmanCornell Univ.TBA (String and Quantum Field Theory)
March 17Spring Break--
March 24Renee FatemiUniv. of KentuckyTBA (Nuclear/Elementary Particle)
March 31TBA-TBA
April 7TBA-TBA
April 14TBA-TBA
April 21Pavel KabosNIST, BoulderTBA (Condensed Matter)
April 28Gaurav BahlU. Illinois, Urbana-Cham.TBA (Optical, Mechanical, Nano Systems)
May 12---