Fall 2017 Biology Seminar Series: Adam Martin
Biology Professor Alexey Veraksa will be bringing in guest speaker Adam Martin from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His talk title is "Folding Tissues Across Scales: From MOtor to Tissue."
His abstract is as follows: "The Martin lab is interested in how tissues get their shape. Given that tissue morphogenesis fundamentally involves movement, we have developed a system to visualize and quantify the dynamics of molecules, cells, and tissues during gastrulation. We focus on mesoderm invagination in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, because cell shape changes and cytoskeletal dynamics can be readily imaged by confocal microscopy during a process that occurs on the time scale of minutes. Live imaging can be combined with genetic (mutants, RNAi), cell biological (drug injections), computational (image segmentation and analysis), biophysical (laser cutting), and biochemical (complex purification) approaches to functionally dissect cell shape change in the embryo. The Martin lab studies a number of different morphogenetic processes including: tissue folding, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and tissue growth/cell division. The unifying theme for our research is the impact of mechanical force on cell behavior and tissue shape."
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