Public Lecture: Getting a Handle on Mechanical Forces in Biological Cells by Anders Carlsson

  • November 4, 2017 • 10 AM – 11 AM
  • Laboratory Sciences Building 300, Washtington University in St. Louis

Getting a Handle on Mechanical Forces in Biological Cells

Speaker: Anders Carlsson, Professor of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, CEMB Fellow

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CST

Location: Laboratory Sciences Building 300

Parking: Millbrook Garage

Mechanical forces are crucial in controlling many processes inside cells, and driving cell motion. These forces are generated by microscopic processes inside the cell, including growth of biopolymers, activity of motor proteins, and control of the chemistry of the cell. Fundamental understanding of these force-generating processes has been gained from ingenious physics experiments that determine the forces quantitatively in simple model systems. We will describe measurements of polymer growth forces, motor protein forces, and forces generated by the chemistry of the cell. Such measurements lay the foundation for a quantitative understanding of the cell that will have a lasting impact on health and our understanding of life.

About the Saturday Morning Lectures:

The Department of Physics and University College will again sponsor a series of public lectures, to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday mornings, October 28th – November 18th. Due to campus construction, all lectures will be held in the Laboratory Sciences Building in Lab Sciences 300. The Laboratory Sciences Building is directly across the street from the Millbrook Parking Garage, which is off the Forest Park Parkway along the northern end of the Danforth campus. These lectures, which are free and open to the public, will be presented by faculty members of the Department of Physics and are tailored for the general public. More information may be obtained at 935-6276 or on the Department’s website,, by clicking on Events and then Saturday Morning Lectures.