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Cell Mechanics, Morphogenetics and Pattern Formation: perspectives from the experimental and theoretical points of view

14th September 2015 to 18th September 2015

OrganisersTill Bretschneider (Warwick), Damir Khismatullin (Tulane)Sharon Lubkin (North Carolina State) and Christian Schmeiser (Vienna)

Workshop Theme

The mechanical characterisation of individual cells is complex and dynamic. Nonetheless, great progress has been made in understanding how the dynamics of subcellular structures leads to cell shape and motility. Static tissues have also been well characterised. It is at the level of morphogenesis where the bridging of scales between individual cell dynamics and tissue dynamics is least understood. This workshop aims to (1) present a framework for understanding what is already known about cell-level and tissue-level mechanics, (2) identify gaps in our understanding of how cells interact mechanically in tissues in order to actuate morphogenesis, (3) propose new collaborations to increase our understanding of the cell-tissue emergent dynamics. We will bring together experts in development, microscopy, image analysis, biomechanics, and modeling.


University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute The Leverhulme Trust London Mathematical Society Microsoft Research NM Rothschild and Sons