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Apr 17, 2013
Questions on the two Cells lectures
Sticking to the qualitative nature of these lectures, a good exercise is to do some personal research. Here are some sugested topics.
1 Find out the state of the art of persistence length measurements for the cytoskeletal components, and for ssDNA and dsDNA.
2 Find out the expected dependence of the bending stiffness of a rod on the rod diameter, and find a reference in the primary literature where this has been tested for microtubules.
3 Find out typical motility speeds of various cell types, crawling on surfaces.
About the author
Pietro Cicuta obtained his first degree in Physics in Milan, and he has been at Cambridge University from his PhD studies onwards. His group, in collaboration with essential partners from the biological sciences, researches a spectrum of problems, including understanding global gene regulation processes in bacteria, host-pathogen interaction mechanisms and proposing model systems for exploring the process of flow generation by ciliated tissues. A parallel activity on interfaces and colloidal systems also continues. Pietro gives a third-year undergraduate course, Soft Condensed Matter, in which many problems and examples are taken from biology.