Hydrodynamics and multi-scale order in confluent epithelia

2021-12-02 13:15 - 14:30

Abstract: In this talk I will review our ongoing theoretical and experimental efforts toward deciphering the hydrodynamic behavior of confluent epithelia. The ability of epithelial cells to collectively flow lies at the heart of a myriad of processes that are instrumental for life, such as embryonic morphogenesis and wound healing, but also of life-threatening conditions, such as metastatic cancer. Understanding the physical origin of these mechanisms requires going beyond the current hydrodynamic theories of complex fluids and introducing a new theoretical framework, able to account for biomechanical activity as well as for scale-dependent liquid crystalline order.