NBIA Colloquium by Amin Doostmohammadi

Active Self-organizing Matter

 

Monolayers of cells in tissue and bacterial colonies growing on substrates are examples of thin structures that are continuously driven out of equilibrium by the activity of their constituent elements. One generic property of these active layers is the spontaneous emergence of collective motion which often leads to chaotic flow patterns characterised by swirls, jets, and topological defects. In this talk I will discuss recent works where we find interesting correlations between liquid crystal-like features of these active systems and their biological functionality.



After undergraduate studies in Tehran, Amin Doostmohammadi received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Notre Dame in mechanical engineering in 2014.  Following that he was a postdoc and a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Oxford before taking up a position at NBIA a few days ago.

All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served in the NBIA lounge after the talk.