Tug-of-war intracellular cargo transport
Suitable for: Students with interests in mathematical biology, modelling and numerical simulation. Students with a variety of backgrounds are welcome and certainly need to have programming skills.
Project description: In biological cells cargo is transported by molecular motor proteins along cytoskeleton fibres. Competition of antagonistic motors might result in tug-of-war. In this project we will explore computationally how tug-of-war changes the characteristic exponent of diffusion of the apparent random walk of cargo along microtubules.
Expected outcomes: Scholars will gain skills in stochastic simulation. Scholars will be asked to produce a report at the end of their project and might have the opportunity to generate publications from their research.
Project duration: 6-8 weeks
Principal Supervisor: Dr Dietmar Oelz Further information: Please contact Dr Oelz by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or come to his office (69-708) prior to submitting an application.