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HydroSync Report Summary

Project ID: 614966
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Periodic Report Summary 2 - HYDROSYNC (Hydrodynamic Synchronisation in Model and Biological Systems)

Cilia and flagella in biological systems often show large scale cooperative behaviors such as the synchronization of their beats in “metachronal waves.” These are beautiful examples of emergent dynamics in biology, and are essential for life, allowing diverse processes from the motility of eukaryotic microorganisms, to nutrient transport and clearance of pathogens from mammalian airways. How these collective states arise is not fully understood, but it is clear that individual cilia interact mechanically, and that a strong and long-ranged component of the coupling is mediated by the viscous fluid. This project explores both model systems and living cells. In controlled scenarios, it is possible to selectively test aspects of living motile cilia, such as the geometrical arrangement, the effects of the driving profile and the distance to no-slip boundaries. We aim for our work to eventually make an impact on clinical practice, since severe pathologies are associated with compromised cilia function in humans.

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Liesbeth Krul, (Assistant Director)
Tel.: +441223 333543
Fax: +441223 332988
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Record Number: 199493 / Last updated on: 2017-06-21
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