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Jamming in biological tissues

January 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
Lisa Manning
Syracuse University

Biological tissues involved in important processes such as embryonic development, lung function, and cancer progression have recently been shown to be close to a disordered fluid-to-solid transition. However, existing theories cannot explain jamming transitions in confluent tissues, where there are no gaps between cells and the packing density is always unity. I will discuss a new theoretical framework that predicts a critical rigidity transition in biological tissues identified by an experimentally accessible structural order parameter, with diverse potential applications in asthma, cancer, metamaterials and mechanical topological insulators.
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