Title: Fast Movements Inside Cells
Mentors: Dr. Vasileios Maroulas (Mathematics) and Dr. Andreas Nebenführ (Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology)
Modern fluorescence microscopy has revealed a wealth of intracellular dynamics that range from diffusional distribution of small molecules to directional movement of organelles along the cytoskeleton. A better characterization of these movements depends on the development of efficient algorithms that allow automated analysis of time-lapse image sequences. This REU project will focus on the rapid, myosin-dependent organelle movements found in plant cells. Participants will be introduced to fluorescence microscopy and use their own data to develop and test mathematical tracking models such as the celebrated Kalman filter which was installed in the Apollo navigation system.
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