Which way to go? Modeling eukaryotic chemotaxis

  • Date: 08/20/2007

Wouter-Jan Rappel (University of California, San Diego)


University of British Columbia


Chemotaxis is characterized by directed movement of cells up a chemical
gradient. It is a key component in a multitude of biological processes,
including neuronal patterning, wound healing, embryogenesis, and cancer
metastasis. Even though many of the key components involved in
chemotaxis are known it remains a poorly understood process. In this
talk, I will present our modeling efforts aimed towards a better
quantitative and mechanistic understanding of chemotaxis. In addition,
I will discuss some of the new experimental techniques that should
bring us closer to answering the question how cells know which way to

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MITACS Math Biology Seminar 2007