Presented by: 
Edward Green (University of Adelaide)
Mon 18 Sep, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

As an embryo grows from a single initial cell into a complete 

organism, the various tissues develop. This process requires cells of 

different types to organise themselves into the appropriate patterns and 

structures to produce viable, functional tissue. Similar processes occur 

in tissue repair (e.g. wound healing) or when tissues are grown in vitro 

(tissue engineering). Understanding how this organisation is coordinated 

is therefore an important basic problem in biology and medicine.

In this talk, I will present a brief overview of how mathematical models 

can help us understand the process of tissue development, and how we can 

quantify the spatial distributions of cells in tissues, so we can make 

more precise comparisons between our models and experimental results. I 

will focus particularly on agent-based models of tissue growth in vitro, 

and illustrate how different interactions between the cells affect the 

patterns of cell organisation observed in tissues.