When you look at living cells under a microscope, you see many fascinating structures. In the last ten years, it has become clear that many of these “structures” really are liquid droplets, separated from their surroundings in the much same way that oil and water separate. This discovery has overturned a century of thinking about the internal organization of cells.
Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle (Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at The CUNY Graduate Center) and Stephanie Weber (Assistant Professor of Biology at McGill University) have pioneered in experiments on these remarkable droplets, both in living cells and in simpler artificial systems. Their conversation will review what we have learned, and highlight open questions at the frontier of our understanding.
Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology, and the Center for the Physics of Biological Function.
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