College of Science

SEMINAR: Wylie W. Ahmed [CSU Fullerton]

SEMINAR: Using non-equilibrium physics to learn about living matter,Wylie W. Ahmed [CSU Fullerton]

Oct 24, 2019 11:00 AM to Oct 24, 2019 12:00 PM at 8-241

Physics and Astronomy Seminar

October 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Building 8, Room 241


Dr. Wylie W. Ahmed (CSU Fullerton)


Using non-equilibrium physics to learn about living matter

Living cells actively generate forces at the molecular scale that change their overall structure and mechanical properties. This nonequilibrium activity is essential for cellular function, and drives processes such as division, migration, and organization. In the first part of this talk, I will introduce how cells throughout the body (e.g. muscle, heart, tissue, and brain) must act as active mechanical systems to keep us alive.  In the second part, I will discuss recent advances that allow quantification of nonequilibrium activity in living cells and insight on the molecular-scale driving forces. Our approach leverages a close synergy between experiment, theory, and simulation to explore the basic physical principles driving biological processes and to inspire new advances in soft and active matter physics.



10:50 am Refreshments

11:00 am Seminar