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Life Sciences Symposium 2013

Dynamic Cellular Architecture: The Cytoskeleton in Form and Function

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Oopik Auditorium, Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

Dynamic Cellular Architecture:  The Cytoskeleton in Form and Function

The cytoskeleton is essential for viability in all eukaryotic cells.  It is composed of two major proteins, actin and tubulin, which can polymerize and depolymerize on a time scale of seconds-to-minutes, allowing rapid adaptation to changing cellular conditions.  Actin filaments and microtubules contribute to cellular processes by providing force for cellular motility, deforming intracellular membranes during the dynamics of organelles, and by acting as tracks for motor proteins which serve to deliver cargo to specific cellular locations.  Defects in cytoskeletal function are important factors in cancer and neurodegeneration.  This year's Life Sciences Symposium will explore the mechanisms underlying cellular organization and how these mechanisms are subverted in disease.

Admission is free, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. We welcome the attendance of all faculty, physicians, researchers, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate students from Dartmouth and other universities and institutes across New England. Interested community members are also welcome.

To register, visit http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/lss/ 

For more information, contact:
Chris Bentivoglio

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.