Thursday, May 23, 2013
4:00 pm
Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)

Chemical Engineering Seminar

Folding under pressure: mechanical forces in development of native and engineered tissues
Celeste Nelson, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University

The morphogenetic patterning that generates three-dimensional (3D) tissues requires dynamic concerted rearrangements of individual cells with respect to each other.  We have developed microfabrication- and lithographic tissue engineering-based approaches to investigate the mechanical forces and downstream signaling responsible for generating the airways of the lung and the milk ducts of the mammary gland.  I will discuss how we combine these experimental techniques with computational models to uncover the physical forces that drive tissue development.

Contact Martha Hepworth martha@cheme.caltech.edu at 2423
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