Karen Alim, Harvard University

Cell wall mechanics lie at the heart of plant cell growth and tissue morphogenesis. Conversely, mechanical forces generated at tissue level can feedback on cellular dynamics. Differential growth of neighboring cells is one eminent origin of mechanical forces and stresses in tissues, where cells adhere to each other. How can stresses arising from differential growth orchestrate large scale tissue growth and overcome inherent stochasticity in individual cell growth? We show that cell growth coupled to the cell’s main stress can reduce or increase tissue growth variability.

Center funds help high-schoolers learn molecular biology

Posted Jan 12, 2012

A Summer Outreach Program at Princeton University partially funded by the Institute's NIGMS Center for Quantitative Biology grant is helping secondary school teachers bring cutting-edge molecular biology research to their classrooms. The two-week hands-on workshop, based in the Department of Molecular Biology and co-sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, attracts teacher


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Canine Foundation Donation Supports Troyanskaya Research

Posted Jan 11, 2012

1/11/2012 - The organization 2 Million Dogs, which is devoted to canine cancer research, has awarded $50,000 to Princeton University. The funds will support research into canine mammary tumors being conducted in the laboratory of Lewis Sigler Institute faculty member Olga Troyanskaya, part of the growing field of comparative oncology that studies similarities in cancers that afflict both animals and humans.


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