Physics of infection: lessons learnt from trypanosomes

Friday 27 July 2018, 12.00PM

Speaker(s): Professor Markus Engstler, Universitaet Wuerzburg

The life of African trypanosomes is a journey through very distinct environments, such as the mammalian bloodstream, various tissues, the cerebrospinal fluid and the digestive system of the transmitting tsetse fly. This lecture discusses how the parasites have adapted to the physical conditions prevailing at low Reynolds numbers, in a world without inertia. Two aspects will be exemplified, namely membrane protein diffusion and cell motility. Trypanosomes exploit both processes for survival in the host, and their strategies may shed new light on some fundamental aspects of physics.


Location: K018