Cell and Tissue Mechanics: Modeling Meets Experiments (20w5065)


(Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

(National University of Singapore)

Baohua Ji (Zhejiang University)



The Institute of Advanced Study in Mathematics will host the "Cell and Tissue Mechanics: Modeling Meets Experiments" workshop in Hangzhou, China from September 13 to September 18, 2020.

This interdisciplinary workshop combining discussions of theoretical modeling and experimental investigations, aims to further our understanding of the cell and tissue mechanics from the subcellular to the tissue scale with the emphasis on uniting them into a coherent picture. The research aimed at understanding how physical forces and changes in the mechanical properties of cells and tissues contribute to development, cell differentiation, physiology, diseases, etc. The workshop is planned to take place in the new BIRS station in Hangzhou, China in the fall 2020. It will bring together the best scientists from different backgrounds (e.g., cell biology, biomechanics, biophysics, biomathematics, etc.) to exchange ideas and discuss the latest results and future directions. We hope this workshop will also strengthen the academic exchanges and cooperation between Asia and the Western world. Moreover, we particularly encourage women scientists and the emerging generation of bright young scientists to participate.

This workshop will focus on the following topics:
(1) Interplay of biochemical and mechanical aspects of cells.
(2) Interactions between cells and their microenvironment.
(3) Mechanical aspects of biological processes at the tissue level, such as morphogenesis, tissue growth, wound healing, and cancer progression.

The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) in Hangzhou, China, and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Banff, are collaborative Canada-US-Mexico ventures that provide an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station in Banff is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).