CNCS Seminar: Controlling Cell Stiffness

The stiffness of cells is commonly assumed to depend on the stiffness of their surrounding: bone cells are much stiffer than neurons, and each exists in surrounding tissue that matches the cell stiffness. In this talk, I will discuss new measurements of cell stiffness, and show that that cell stiffness is strongly correlated to cell volume. This affects both the mechanics and the gene expression in the cell, and even impacts on the differentiation of stem cells.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 2:50pm
Event Location: 
Physics 119
Event Contact: 
Paul, Cristin
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Event Speaker: 
David Weitz (Harvard University)