University of Minnesota
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Thursday, February 13th 2020
11:15 am:
Biophysics Seminar in 120 PAN
Speaker: Patrick Alford, Biomedical Engineering, UMN
Subject: In vitro models of single cell mechanics and mechanotransduction

Mechanical forces can influence many cellular functions, which subsequently mediate dysfunctional adaptation in diseases ranging from cancer to neurotrauma-related diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In my lab we develop experimental and computational techniques for measuring cell-level forces and the consequences of those forces. In this talk I will focus on our two recently developed in vitro models; one for characterizing strain energy density function for smooth muscle cells and another for characterizing the effects of trauma-like mechanical loads on neurons.

Faculty Host: Elias Puchner

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