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Theory of Living Matter Group

4th pub meeting


In this informal meeting we will have a talk by Alexandra Kabla (Engineering Department) will give a talk on Morphogenesis, cell migration and cell rearrangements.

Cell migration relates to the active motion of a cell with respect to its direct environment, being a flat substrate, extra-cellular matrix or other cells. Single cell migration has been extensively studied in vitro and in vivo, and it is now clear that cells adopt different strategies depending on a number of environmental cues. By contrast, the case of cells migrating within populations of other motile cells remains challenging to tackle. Yet this is the process driving the early stages of animal development as well as certain pathologies such as cancer metastasis. We will review experimental techniques and conceptual tools commonly used to characterise and understand the dynamics of large cell populations. We will focus more specifically on two classes of cell motions: (i) collective cell migration, during which a coordinated group of cells migrate with respect to a support while largely preserving links with neighbours, and (ii) cell intercalation, where cells move relative to their neighbours and drive convergent-extension, a large scale tissue reorganisation process, without the need for an external support to migrate onto.

After the talk there will be plenty of time for informal discussions. We will serve some snacks and there will be opportunities to order food and drinks.

Date and venue

Date:Thursday, 9th July 2015 from 6-8pm

Venue:Panton Arms, 43 Panton St, CB2 1HL

The Panton Arms is roughly located between Tennis Court Road and the Botanic Garden.


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