Dynamics and Modeling of Biologically Active Matter

Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Polymer/motor-protein assemblies perform basic functions inside of biological cells, like separating chromosomes or moving genetic material, and have complex and mystifying dynamics when studied in purified form in vitro. These assemblies are also multiscale internally-driven materials that are foundational examples of active matter. I'll talk about the intrinsic large-scale dynamics of such materials, and how they are being modeled as multiscale systems, both numerically and theoretically.