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Best thesis award & IMM Colloquium (Lecture)

Thursday 22 April 2021Add to my calendar
from 16:00
Online; in Zoom (Zoom meeting link in the invitation email of April 13th, 2021)

It has been a long time since we have organized an IMM Colloquium. Therefore we are happy to announce that on THURSDAY APRIL 22nd we will combine the comeback of the IMM Colloquium series with the ceremony for the Best Thesis Awards 2020.

First Prof. Dave Parker will announce the winners of the Best Thesis Awards. After that the IMM Colloquium will be held by Prof. Gijsje Koenderink (Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology). Chair of the session will be Prof. Britta Redlich.


Prof. Gijsje Koenderink - Delft University of Technology
Lecture: 'The material properties of soft living matter'


Cells and tissues are highly dynamic but at the same time need to withstand large mechanical loads. This paradoxical mechanical behavior is governed by fibrous protein scaffolds known as the cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix. Fibrous networks have many advantageous mechanical properties: fibers can form space-filling elastic networks at low volume fractions and they reversibly stress-stiffen, which provides protection from damage. However, it is still poorly understood how biopolymer networks can combine these features with the ability to dynamically adapt their structure and mechanics. I will summarize recent insights in this question obtained via quantitative measurements on reconstituted cytoskeletal and extracellular matrix networks. We perform these measurements from the macroscopic scale (using rheology) all the way down to the molecular scale (using optical tweezers, in situ small-angle-X-ray scattering, and atomic force microscopy). I will furthermore mention connections to applications in bottom-up synthetic biology and for tissue (re)generation.

Prof. Koenderink will be available after her talk for further discussions.

We hope to see you there!

Zoom link

You will find the Zoom meeting link in the invitation email of April 13th, 2021