Physics Colloquium : "Topology in Biology"

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Mon, 15/03/2021 12:00 to 13:30

Lecturer: Julia M Yeomans, The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, ClarendonLaboratory, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU, UK

Abstract: Active materials suchas bacteria, molecular motors and eukaryotic cells continuously transformchemical energy taken from their surroundings to mechanical work. Dense activematter shows mesoscale turbulence, the emergence of chaotic flow structurescharacterised by high vorticity and self-propelled topological defects. Ishall describe the physics of active defects and give examples of how they mightbe relevant in biological systems.    

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