Seminar über aktuelle Fragen zur Dynamik komplexer Fluide: Keeping the (flagellar) beat: timing, synchrony, irreversibility

Seminar über aktuelle Fragen zur Dynamik komplexer Fluide

  • Date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Time: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Kirsty Wan
  • University of Exeter, GB
  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS)
  • Room: SR 0.77
  • Host: MPIDS/DCF
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Eukaryotic cilia (or interchangeably flagella), are tiny hairs lining lung epithelia which beat collectively to rid the airways of mucus and debris; the same structure confers motility to sperm, and enables microscale propulsion of many species of microorganisms. Here, we demonstrate in the flagella of unicellular algae a remarkable capacity to produce not only robust, self-sustained oscillations, but also rapid bifurcations between drastically different actuation modes. By examining single-cell motility we further reveal the extent to which the flagellum, particularly the control of flagellar beating, breaks temporal reversibility.
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