Simulated actin waves

Research Highlights

What we do

Engineering Killer Cells

Creating models for faster-moving cells that can engulf pathogens with high efficiency. Collaborating with experimentalists in order to synthetically implement the models and engineer the Killer-Dicty.

Dynamics of Cell Migration

Controlling the dynamics of pseudopod formation during cell migration using theoretical models that analyze the phenomenon of wave propagation observed through actin waves at the cell cortex.

Cell Division and Cytokinesis

Modeling the dynamics of myosin and other contractile machinery during cell division. Establishing control mechanisms through the proteins responsible for contraction which can be used to create faster cells.

Cellular Signaling Pathways

Deconstructing the pathways involved in cellular lipid signaling, such as the G-protein cascade and the PI3K-Akt pathway. Using detailed stochastic descriptions to match observed experiments in order create a picture of the complex signalling network.

Cell Shape Changes

Using the level set framework to model cell shape changes during migration, cell-cell collision, cytokinesis, etc. Analyzing the implications of cell morphology changes for migration in different terrain.

Waves in the Motor Cortex

Modelling the wave propagation characteristics seen in the brain, in order to be able to predict behavioral changes in primates. Creating a layered architecture for the thalamocortical system in order to study connectivity properties.