12 noon - 1pm
Thursday 27 February 2020
Sensing some resistance: A mechanical model of a cell
A seminar in the Taste of Research Undergraduate Seminar Series designed by mathematics PhD students to introduce year 2, 3 and 4 mathematics students to a taste of mathematics doctoral research.
University of Surrey
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Cells respond differently depending on mechanical cues in their environment. Understanding these differences is crucial for tissue engineering and to understand how the mechanical micro-environment may affect, for example, cancer growth and invasion. In this seminar, we will present a force-balance model for the contraction of a cell; draw on techniques learnt in undergraduate courses to solve it; and show that this solution offers an insight into how a cell might sense the mechanical properties of its environment.