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Aurélien Roux

University, Geneva | Switzerland

EMBO 2019

Mechanics of biological surface morphogenesis

Biological entities are separated from their environment by surfaces. For instance, embryos are delimited by a cell monolayer, and cells are delimited by a lipid bilayer. These surfaces have different biological functions and sizes, but share a common viscoelastic nature. My lab explores the common biological and mechanical mechanisms by which these surfaces are deformed during physiological processes such as membrane traffic or organogenesis.

Keywords: Membrane traffic / ESCRT proteins / dynamin / membrane tension / physics of biology / epithelium / morphogenesis / in-vitro reconstitution

Subject area(s): Cell & Tissue Architecture | Membranes & Transport | Structural Biology & Biophysics