On Active Flows On Cell Surfaces

Today I gave the last session of a three-part short course in finite element analysis with Gridap at TurlierLab.

The session consisted in a numerical perspective on modelling and simulating (active) flows on cell surfaces. I focused on physical models for the plasma membrane and the actomyosin cortex and the main challenges in their numerical approximation.

I will upload the session slides shortly. In the meantime, if you want to take your first dive into the physics and the numerics of this exciting topic, I invite you to check these two references:

On the actomyosin cortex:

Borja da Rocha, H., Bleyer, J., Turlier, H. (2022). A viscous active shell theory of the cell cortex. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 104876.

On lipid membranes and general biological interfaces:

Torres-Sánchez, A., Millán, D., Arroyo, M. (2019). Modelling fluid deformable surfaces with an emphasis on biological interfaces. Journal of fluid mechanics, 872, 218-271.

Last but not least, a shout-out to my lab colleagues for the insightful feedback I received during the session. Thanks, guys!

meeting screenshot Delivering the intro to AFDS session