Morphogenesis: Geometry, Physics and Biology [Applied Physics/Physics Colloquium]

Morphogenesis: Geometry, Physics and Biology
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 4:15pm
Hewlett 200
L. Mahadevan (Harvard University)
Abstract / Description: 

A century after the publication of D'Arcy Thompson's eponymous classic, "On growth and form," his vision has finally begun to permeate into the fabric of modern biology. Within this backdrop, 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, and multicellular tissues. Along the way, I will also discuss aspects of morphometries, the quantification of biological shape, and morphogramming, the design of bioinspired shape.



Held Tuesdays at 4:30 pm in the William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, room 200. Refreshments in the lobby of Varian Physics at 4:15 pm.

Winter 2016/2017, Committee: A. Linde (Chair), S. Kivelson, S. Zhang