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New Trends in the Physics and Mechanics of Biological Systems: Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School: Volume 92, July 2009

Martine Ben Amar, Alain Goriely, Martin Michael Müller, and Leticia Cugliandolo


In July 2009, many experts in the mathematical modelling of biological sciences gathered in Les Houches for a four-week summer school on the mechanics and physics of biological systems. The goal of the school was to present to students and researchers an integrated view of new trends and challenges in physical and mathematical aspects of biomechanics. While the scope for such a topic was very wide, the summer school focused on problems where solid and fluid mechanics play a central role. The school covered both the general mathematical theory of mechanical biology in the context of continuum m ... More

Keywords: mathematical modelling, biological sciences, Les Houches, continuum mechanics, cell, plants, microbes, physiology, bio-fluidics, bio-gels

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605835
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martine Ben Amar, editor
Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Alain Goriely, editor
Mathematical Institute, Oxford University
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Martin Michael Müller, editor
Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, France

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Part I Biofluidics

1 Locomotion at low Reynolds numbers

Anette E. Hosoi Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT

2 Surface tension

John W. M. Bush Department of Mathematics, MIT

3 Dynamics of complex biofluids

Christel Hohenegger and Michael J. Shelley Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Part II Biogels

4 Active fluids and gels

Frank Jülicher Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany

5 Elasticity and dynamics of cytoskeletal filaments and networks of them

Fred C. MacKintosh Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands

Part III Biomechanics

6 Morphoelasticity: A theory of elastic growth

Alain Goriely and Derek Moulton Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

7 Mechanics of tumor growth: Multiphase models, adhesion, and evolving configurations

Luigi Preziosi and Guido Vitale Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Torino

Part IV Biomembranes and bioshells

8 Microbial mechanics: The growth and form of filamentary microorganisms

Michael Tabor Program in Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona

9 The physics of the cell membrane

Martin Michael MÜLLER 1 and Martine Ben AMAR 2 1 Equipe BioPhysStat, Université Paul Verlaine‐Metz, France 2 Laboratoire de Physique Statistique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Part V Morphogenesis

10 Modeling plant morphogenesis and growth

Richard S. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland

11 How cell mechanics shapes embryos

Michel Labouesse Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, IGBMC CNRS/INSERM/UdS, France