Department of Physics Seminar Series: David Altman
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 3:15pm

SB1 107, 1025 SW Mill Street
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be served


David Altman
Department of Physics
Willamette University


Regulated activity of the motor protein myosin in a cell


The inside of a cell is both incredibly crowded and highly organized. It is the organization within a cell that allows it to be an exciting environment capable of the functions associated with life. Important players in a cell’s ability to stay ordered are motor proteins. These microscopic engines allow a cell to transport, compartmentalize, and arrange its components by generating force and creating motion. In this talk, I will discuss work to understand how the motor protein myosin is regulated in a cell. I will highlight studies that span scales of size and complexity, from single motor studies of purified proteins (nm-scale) to investigations of the mechanical properties of muscle fibers (mm-scale), with a focus on how force regulates motor function.


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