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Theory of Living Matter Group


10th General Meeting

General information

Our 10th General Meeting celebrates the 100th anniversary of Sir D’Arcy Thompson’s influential opus magnum “On Growth and Form”. Our speakers in this meeting will be Prof L Mahadevan from Harvard University and Prof Michael Akam from the University of Cambridge.

After the talk there will be a drinks reception with snacks and plenty of time for informal discussions.

No registration required.

Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 5.45pm

Main lecture theatre, Sainsbury Laboratory
Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1NN

Directions: The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University is located in Cambridge University Botanic Garden and can be accessed via Bateman Street. Note that the entrance to the Sainsbury Laboratory is rather hidden in the backyard of an arts school. There will be signs and people waiting to guide the way.


“Morphogenesis: Geometry, Physics and Biology”

L Mahadevan, Harvard University

A century after the publication of D'Arcy Thompson's classic "On growth and form", his vision has finally begun to permeate into the fabric of modern biology. Within this framework, I will discuss the geometry and physics of biological morphogenesis, with a particular focus on regulated differential growth, using examples from a range of scales: macromolecular assemblies, single cells, multicellular tissues, and organs. Along the way, I will also discuss aspects of morphometrics, the quantification of biological shape, and morphogramming, the design of bioinspired shape.

“Arthropod Segmentation: A case study in Evolutionary Developmental Biology”

Michael Akam, University of Cambridge

(no abstract available)


This event is organised by the Theory of Living Matter Group and supported by the Wellcome Trust/Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute and the Cambridge Philosophical Society.