Research

Our group develops mathematical and computational models in some of the following areas in cell biophysics.

Cytokinesis: assembly and constriction of a medial ring consisting of actin and myosin driving cell division.

Cell motion: how cell motion is driven by assembly and turnover of dynamic actin networks. 

Cell polarization: how cells acquire directionality and internal asymmetry, e.g. for mating or cell growth.

Kinetics and thermodynamics of actin filament polymerization and turnover.

Mechanics and image analysis of biopolymer networks.

Image: model of actomyosin ring assembly from Bidone, Tang and Vavylonis (Biophysical Journal, 2014).  

 

Click on the links to the left for some more details on current and past research activities.