Wyss invited lecturer, Viola Vogel from ETH Zurich will discuss how when cells explore their environments they pull on extracellular matrix and thereby stretch those proteins that physically connect the exterior microenvironment with the contractile cytoskeleton. Further, detailed mechanisms will be discussed how the stretching of proteins can switch their functional display.
Wyss core faculty member L. Mahadevan will give a set of four lectures that will provide a brief (and biased) introduction to some questions about the geometry of the brain and geometry in the brain. How can one describe these features quantitatively? How can one understand their origin? How might we compare brains from different organisms in a species and across different species? How can we characterize the patterns associated with sensory modalities in different cortii? And what is the current state of answers to these and related questions.