This Friday 11th May Professor Jonathon Howard from Yale University will present a talk about how small molecules such as proteins, lipids and nucleotides self-organise into cells and tissues that are thousands to millions of times larger than molecular dimensions. The talk will be given at 1pm in Seddon 82D-301. Everyone is welcome to join.


Abstract

The Howard lab is fascinated by the question of how small molecules – such as proteins, lipids and nucleotides – self-organize into cells and tissues that are thousands to millions of times larger than molecular dimensions. How do the molecules know whether the structures that they have made are the right size and shape, and localized correctly within the cell? We are approaching these questions in the context of the microtubule cytoskeleton, which underlies the morphology and movement of eukaryotic cells. Using high-resolution, single-molecule and mechanical techniques, together with theory, we are trying to understand the interaction rules that allow molecules to work together to form highly organized, yet dynamic cellular structures. I will illustrate the principles using examples from cell division, cilia-driven movement and neuronal branching morphology.


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Venue

Seddon Building 82D. Room 301 St Lucia Campus