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Hertha Sponer Professor of Physics
Chonglin is interested in the universal process of mechanosensing, force generation, and mechanical properties of living cells and tissues. I explore the molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation and encoding of mechanical forces by primary mechanoreceptor neurons in Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.
Microfluidics & active matter
Octavio Albarran Arriagada
Theory & Modeling
Renata designs and performs experiments to explore bacterial cell mechanics. In particular, I’m interested in the information we can get by quantifying the cell response to mechanical inputs. Currently, my main focus is on learning how these tiny cells regulate their inner pressure under different biochemical stresses. Office 2322
Functional imaging of mitochondria using smart environment-sensitive small molecule probes and understanding the possible coupling between cellular energetics and mechanics
Behzad is modeling biological systems such as cell and dorsal closure by using finite element simulation to understand the role of material properties on cells and tissues functions.
- Daniel is interested in the mesoscopic dynamics of biological systems as cardiac muscle cells and epithelial tissue dynamics in developing embryos.
Xiaoxuan studies intracellular force propagation using a FRET-based tension sensor with the help of mechanical micromanipulations.
Mingru is interested in tracking the motion within the actomyosin network in vitro, which is formed by the Xenopus egg extract. Meanwhile, I’m looking into the actin structures inside the cell nucleus to disentangle the mysterious mechanics.