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13-19 June 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
Welcome to the 2015 CAP Congress! / Bienvenue au congrès de l'ACP 2015!

Cell Stiffness and Cell Volume

19 Jun 2015, 12:45
CCIS L2-190 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L2-190

University of Alberta


Prof. David A. Weitz (SEAS Harvard)


The stiffness of cells is commonly assumed to depend on the stiffness of their surrounding: bone cells are much stiffer than neurons, and each exists in surrounding tissue that matches the cell stiffness. In this talk, I will discuss new measurements of cell stiffness, and show that cell stiffness is strongly correlated to cell volume. This affects both the mechanics and the gene expression in the cell, and even impacts on the differentiation of stem cells.

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Prof. David A. Weitz (SEAS Harvard)

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