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Mathematical Biophysics seminars

The NOLIN Lab together with professors from the mathematical department of the UPC interested on mathematical Biology organize regular informal seminars.  

The seminars take place usually in the room 0.6 of the EPSEB.

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  • 1/2/2018 (12:30) CANCELLED! Ramón Planet: Two-phase displacements in a gap-modulated Hele-Shaw cell
Abstract: Two-phase displacements into a porous media are characterized by complex dynamics composed by different pore-scale events. This events can be divided into two categories: (i) smooth and reversible displacements, and (ii) abrupt displacements (e.g. Haines jumps). This discontinuity of pore invasion is the origin of the hysteretic behaviour of flows in porous media. This is a consequence of irreversibility and multistability. The problem of hysteresis in porous medium is an old an unresolved question in hydrology and soil physics. Most of the attempts to give an explanation are based on phenomenological models without physical basis.We present a simple model that describes both the irreversible and the reversible motion of fluid into a single “pore” in a disordered media. This model is based on physical principles, an advantage over the current phenomenological models commonly used. Predictions made with this model are also presented to show its validity in the range of parameters explored.

  • 15/2/2018 (12:00) José J. Muñoz; Force Inference Tools in Mechanobiology
Abstract: Current microscopy techniques allow biologists and scientists track positional information of cells and tissues accurately. Under different treatments and mutations they are able to test the effects of these alterations on embryo development. However, besides these imaging, the analysis of the necessary forces that determine the sequence of shapes can only be computed through force inference techniques. In this talk I will revise the solution of inverse problems that allow computing such force fields. The methodology will be applied to some well known developmental process in Drosophila fly: Central Nervous System condensation and ventral invagination. The talk will preceded by a short review of other related work in mechanobiology: vertex methods for wound healing, cell rheology and computational morphogenesis.



  • 30/11/2017 (12:00) Miquel Marchena: Introduction to Ipython notebook
  • 26/10/2017 (12:00) Martí Català: The bubble model, a computational model for undestanding tuberculosis lesions dynamics in lungs.
  • 8/9/2017 (12:00) Francesc Font: Mathematical modeling of phase change at the nanoscale
  • 21/7/2017 (12:00) Pedro A. Arroyo: Discretization-dependent model for weakly connected excitable media
  • 14/7/2017 (15:00) Alexander V. Panfilov: Multiple mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias studied using anatomically accurate modeling
  • 7/7/2017 (12:00) John Bush: Pilot-wave hydrodynamics
  • 9/6/2017 (12:00) Carsten Wiuf. Mathematical tools for analyzing systems of Ordinary Differential Equations
  • 7/6/2017 (12:00) Rodrigo Weber dos Santos. The multi-use of an optimization-based algorithm for the construction of biological networks: from arterial trees to cardiac Purkinje networks
  • 26/5/2017 (12:00) Enric Álvarez. Biological signaling networks. Robustness in cell decision  
  • 7/4/2017 (12:00) Gemma Huguet. Neuroprotective Role of Gap Junctions in a Neuron-Astrocyte Network Model
  • 10/3/2017 (12:00) Claudia Hawks. Connexin dynamics in cardiac tissue
  • 1/3/2017 (12:00) Sergio Alonso. Rheology of Living Cells: applications to active matter.
  • 8/2/2017 (11:30) Annette Witt. Custering and Correlation of Extreme Events.
  • 2/1/2017 (11:30) Toni Guillamon. Bifurcacions no locals bàsiques en sistemes d'equacions diferencials.
  • 1/12/2016 (12:15) Sergio Alonso. Stochastic computational methods: From microscopic algorithms to mesoscopic and macroscopic equations.
  • 10/11/2016 (12:15) Miquel Marchena. Development of a computational model of calcium signaling in cardiac cells at the submicron scale.