Physics-Biology interface seminar

Held every second Wednesday at 11am in the Blandin amphitheatre at LPS (not LPTMS!) in Orsay, this seminar series aims to be a central forum for the Physics/Biology interface in the south of Paris.

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Other seminars and conferences you might be interested in:

Paris-Saclay Biomechanics seminar - last Thu. of the month in Palaiseau (subscribe to their announcements)
Seminar of the Physical Chemistry Laboratory - in Orsay

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Pascal Silberzan (Institut Curie, Paris)

Location: Amphi BLANDIN du LPS de la Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay (Bâtiment 510)

Jan Brugues (MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics & MPI for Physics of Complex Systems, Germany)

Location: Amphi BLANDIN du LPS de la Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay (Bâtiment 510)

Stéphanie Bonneau (Laboratoire Jean Perrin, Paris)

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay

Shiladitya Banerjee (UCL, UK)

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay

Pere Roca-Cusachs (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay

Mechano-sensitive adhesion in cell spreading and crawling

Pierre Sens (Institut Curie, Paris)

Crawling cell motility is powered by actin polymerization and acto-myosin contraction. When moving over a flat and rigid substrate, cells usually develop thin and broad protrusions at their front, called lamellipodia, where actin polymerisation generates a protrusive force pushing the front edge of the cell forward. The lamellipodium displays interesting dynamics, including normal and lateral waves, possibly relevant to cell polarisation and the initiation of motion. I will discuss a stochastic model of mechano-sensitive cell adhesion, and discuss its relevance for symmetry breaking, cell polarisation, and motility. I will then discuss a generic model of micro-crawlers, built as an extension of low Reynolds number micro-swimmers, that highlights the crucial role of mechano-sensitive adhesion for the active crawling of cells and biomimetic objects.

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay

Emmanuel de Langre (École polytechnique, Palaiseau, France)

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay

David Bensimon (LPS-ENS, Paris, France)

Location: Moyen Amphi, Building 510, Université Paris-Sud Orsay