CWI PhD student Lisanne Rens has been awarded the 2017 H. D. Landahl Mathematical Biophysics Award. Every two years, the Society for Mathematical Biology gives out this reward in recognition of a scientist who is making outstanding scientific contributions to the advancement of mathematical biology during their doctoral studies.
During the growth of embryos cells align with forces from the surrounding tissue. These forces originate from differences in growth rates, muscle contractions or gravity. Mathematicians at the CWI research centre in Amsterdam now showed for the first time that active cell contractions can accelerate and facilitate this reorientation of cells. Their research was recently published in the leading Biophysical Journal (112).
How does a cell make a decision about his future, on what type of cell it will be after the cell division? This process is described by Roeland Merks and Cong Chen of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam in an article in Nature Communications that was published on 28 June, together with a Japanese team of biologists.
ERCIM News No. 104 was published in January 2016 at http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en104