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Dr Manuel Thery, Directed Cytoskeleton Self-Organization

Date: Wed 28 Jan 2015, 15:00 - 16:00

Location: The David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building, Mile End

Dr Manuel Thery
Hopital Saint Louis, Paris

“Directed Cytoskeleton Self-Organization”
Cytoskeleton architecture supports a large number of cellular functions. Cytoskeleton networks form complex intra-cellular structures resulting from the interplay between intrinsic self-organization properties and the conditions imposed by spatial boundaries. Along these boundaries, cytoskeleton filaments are anchored, repulsed, aligned or reoriented. Such local effects can guide cytoskeleton assembly over relatively large distances and led to the formation of high order structures. The experimental manipulation of spatial boundaries using micro-fabrication methods has revealed the underlying physical processes directing cytoskeleton self-organization. Here we will illustrate how the directed growth of actin and microtubules in vitro from purified components shed new light on these fundamental organizing principles. We will also argue that these biological self-organization processes constitute a tremendous source of inspiration for future industrial manufacturing. As an example we will describe the biofabrication of 3D electrical connections.

Tea and biscuits provided after the seminar
SEMS/IoB Seminar Series

Contact:Cath Walker
Email:cath.walker@qmul.ac.uk

Updated by: Jonathon Hills