Pattern formation in microtubule-motor mixtures + plans for future meetings
- Event time: 11:30am until 12:30pm
- Event date: 18th January 2017
- Speaker: Ivan Maryshev
- Location: Room 2511, James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) James Clerk Maxwell Building Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD GB
Ivan's talk (20 minutes)
Microtubules are long and stiff rod-like biopolymers playing an important role in all eukaryotic cells. Spatial distribution of microtubules inside cells is controlled by molecular motors. In this talk present a kinetic model describing pattern formation in microtubule-molecular motor mixtures. It is based on a Boltzmann-type equation that treats motor-mediated interaction between microtubules as ‘collisions’. We derive mean-field evolution equations for the density of microtubules, their orientation, and a nematic Q-tensor, and simulate their evolution numerically.
... followed by discussion of future plans for Statistical Physics and Complexity meetings.
This is a roughly weekly series of didactical blackboard talks focussing on some theoretical aspect of Condensed Matter, Biological, and Statistical Physics..