Cell Physician: Reading the cell motion
Huseyin Coskun (Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), The Ohio State University)
(May 28, 2009 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Cell motility is an essential phenomena for almost all living organisms. It is natural to think that behavioral or shape changes of a cell bear information about the underlying mechanisms that generates the change. Reading the cell motion, namely, understanding these underlying biophysical and mechanochemical processes is of paramount importance. The quantitative technique developed in this paper determines some physical features and material properties of the cell locally and uses this information for making further inferences about the molecular structures and dynamics within the cell. The generality of the principals used in formation of the model ensures its wide applicability to different phenomena at different scales.