Friday, October 19, 2012
President's Colloquium to spotlight biology work of Charles Lindemann
The 2012 President’s Colloquium will spotlight the research of Dr. Charles Lindemann, professor of biological sciences. Drawing on the results of more than 40 years of experimental studies, Dr. Lindemann will present “Life in the Fast Lane: The Story of Cilia and Flagella.”
These organelles and eukaryotic cells are the building blocks of multi-cellular organisms – including humans – and carry out vital functions, such as keeping lungs clean. They are also integral to fertilization and the development of embryos. In spite of this, few people aside from biologists, are aware of cilia and flagella, what they do or how they work.
Dr. Lindemann’s discussion will provide details on what these organelles look like, how they are structured internally and how they function. He will also present some “flagellar facts” about the speed and force these tiny structures can generate and the diseases, called ciliopathies, that result when they don’t function properly.
In addition, he will share his “Geometric Clutch” hypothesis, which is a proposed mechanism that controls all ciliary and flagellar beating. His hypothesis is built into a computer model that simulates the movement of both cilia and flagella using one underlying working principle. Dr. Lindemann’s research is designed to develop a more complete picture of the functioning and control of flagellar mechanics and motility.
The presentation will take place at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms, following a reception beginning at 11:30 a.m.
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