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Mathematical Sciences - Colloquium-Tracy Stepian (University of Florida) "Cell migration from birth to death: Modeling and analyzing the motion of cells in tissues"

Friday, January 22, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
via Zoom

Speaker: Tracy Stepien (University of Floriday)
Title: Cell migration from birth to death: Modeling and analyzing the motion of cells in tissues
Abstract:
Beginning momentarily after we are conceived through to our final days, cells migrate within our
bodies. From embryonic development to the progression of many diseases including cancer,
cell migration plays an essential role in maintaining our health. To understand the mechanisms
and forces involved in directed cell migration, I have developed continuum mechanical models
with free boundaries. Mathematical analysis and numerical simulations of the models indicate
conditions for traveling wave and similarity under scaling solutions, and data and image analysis
of experimental data has facilitated the estimation of model parameter values that are physically
relevant. In this talk, I will give examples of biological cell migration problems that I work on as
well as an in-depth look at some of the mathematical analysis that has arisen from the model
equations.

Please contact Qingshuo Song (qsong@wpi.edu) for Zoom meeting information