# Mathematical Biology Seminar

### Ben Fogelson

Courant Institute, New York University

#### Force scaling and symmetry breaking in a simple model of cell contraction
and adhesion

#### Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 3:05pm

LCB 219

The ability to produce force is fundamental to life at every scale. A
great deal is understood about the individual molecules involved in force
production, but far less is known about how they coordinate to produce
whole-cell-level effects. In this talk, I present a simple experimental setup for
producing cells with tunable geometric properties, and explore a mathematical
model for how variations in cell geometry lead to changes in cell mechanical
behavior, including the magnitude of force produced and the stability---or lack of
stability---of cell symmetry.