Free IOP public talk by Dr Rhoda Hawkins.
Dr Hawkins will first outline the physical properties of biological cells and introduce the main proteins making up what is known as the cytoskeleton. She will then discuss theoretical modelling of the cytoskeleton as an "active gel”.
Active matter is material that is out of equilibrium due to energy input to its constituent particles. In the case of biological cells this energy input is in the form of biochemical energy from food/sunlight. This energy consumption drives the system out of equilibrium and enables cells to generate the forces required to deform and move.
Lastly, Dr Hawkins will present results from simple models of cell migration and then discuss applications of this work to metastatic cancer cells that move away from a primary tumour to form secondary tumours, for example, breast cancer cells that go to the bone.
Free tea, coffee and biscuits from 6:30pm.
The multi-storey car park at the University of Leeds is open to the general public after 5pm. Up to two hours costs £2.