The next speaker of our Special seminar series is Professor Karsten Kruse, from the department of Theoretical Biological Physics, Saarland University (Saarbrücken, Germany). He will talk about “Size regulation of cytoskeletal structures”.
Professor Kruse’s lab has an outstanding contribution to the field of physical modeling of non-equilibrium processes in biological systems. His lab studies the formation of spatial and temporal structures in individual biological cells and cells assemblies. In particular, they focus on the theoretical descriptions of cytoskeletal dynamics: the cytoskeleton is a network of filamentous proteins kept permanently out of thermodynamic equilibrium which enables cells to divide, determines their shape and plays an important role in cell locomotion. Kruse’s lab work heavily relies on concepts from non-linear dynamics and from non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.