15/03/2013 - 12:00 - Sala 473.10

Cytoskeleton architecture and mechanistic principles in tissue closure

Scientific sessions, PRBB CRG Conferences

Damian Brunner

Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland

Damian Brunner, from the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, aims to uncover the molecular mechanisms that generate diversity in cell morphology. He is particularly interested in the role of the cytoskeleton and of specialised membrane domains. His lab uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe as model organisms. They combine real-time fluorescence imaging of the living organism with classical genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics approaches. They also use quantitative data analysis to describe the dynamics and behaviour of the cellular systems, and develop mathematical models. He has been invited by Jerome Solon (CRG).