Focus and objectives of this colloquium 


While computational and experimental methodologies in mechanobiology have been applied to understand tumor progression and cardiovascular diseases, there is significant opportunity to explore their applicability in many other areas of medicine, spanning microbial resistance, device-driven tissue remodeling, and reprogramming of cells in immunotherapy. This colloquium aims to bring together biologists and mechanicians tackling biophysical problems of major social impact. To restrict the scope, the colloquium will focus on biological processes that are underpinned by active remodeling of cells at different length scales. This colloquium is particularly concerned with the mechanics of cytoskeletal contractility and protrusion, migration, adhesion, ECM remodeling, morphogenesis, and nuclear mechano-transduction. The colloquium will therefore explore important biological phenomena in cells that may be explained by mechanical principles, including topics related to:

Cytoskeletal contractility and remodeling; Cellular protrusion and migration; Cellular adhesion and matrix interaction; Mechano-transduction through the cytoskeleton and nucleus; Protein active mechanics; Mechanical Homeostasis; In-vitro cytoskeletal gels; Bioinspired active materials; Cell Fate Transition; Cell Proliferation and Mitosis; Embryogenesis; Metastasis; Angiogenesis.


Multi-disciplinarity and the organization of this colloquium 


A key aspiration is to bring together the most authoritative experts in the field exploring frontier problems, with a view to bridging theoretical and experimental methodologies. We aim to achieve a balance between leading perspectives in theoretical and computational mechanics, fluid modelling, experimental cell biomechanics, and mechanobiology. Moreover, the colloquium will foster the use of novel integrative methodologies to bridge experiments and theory with the use of data-driven approaches for the estimation of model parameters.