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MPI Kolloquium

Wednesday, 22.01.2014 14:15 s.t.

Collective Phenomena in Biological Systems

by Prof. Dr. Erwin Frey
from Faculty of Physics, Statistical and Biological Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Contact person: Jan Nagler


Ludwig Prandtl lecture hall


Reaction-diffusion dynamics endows cells with the capacity for accurate positioning, control of length, and timing of processes. The Min protein system in E. coli employs oscillating patterns to ensure precise cell division by its ability to dynamically adapt to cell geometry. The length of biopolymers is regulated by the interplay between polymerization kinetics and patterns of molecular motors. Under which conditions protein patterns emerge, and how these patterns are regulated by biochemical and geometrical factors are major aspects of current research. In this talk I will discuss general design principles of such cellular pattern forming systems.

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