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Theoretical Physics of Living Matter Seminar: 

Motility control in biological microswimmers 

Kirsty Wan

Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

28 Jan 2021 11:00
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It is often assumed that biological swimmers conform faithfully to certain stereotypes assigned to them by physicists and mathematicians, when the reality is in fact much more complicated.  

In this talk we will use a combination of theory, experiments, and robotics, to understand the physical and evolutionary basis of motility control. These organisms differ markedly in terms of their size, shape, and arrangement of locomotor appendages, but are united in their use of cilia - the ultimate shape-shifting organelle - to achieve self-propulsion and navigation.

We will discuss whether basal coupling can promote or mediate ciliary coordination or even swimming gait in a number of distinguished organisms.


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