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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Dr Rudolf Leube

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Josephine Butler College (January – March 2016)

Prof Dr. Leube is a leader in the field of epithelial cell function. He is Professor and Head of Department at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Anatomy, University Hospital, RWTH Aachen University.

“Growth and form” are one of the central principles in biology because it establishes the framework to understand the relationship between body size and shape. In humans we have a skeleton and fortunately our shape and form change, but not so dramatically over our lifetimes. By contrast, the cells that make our body are often required to change shape, or maintain cellular arrangements in tissues and this they do without a fixed skeleton, but with a dynamic, self-assembly network of filaments, which are collectively called the cytoskeleton. This Fellowship will take advantage of the world class imaging facilities in Durham, the image processing and mathematical modelling expertise to develop and deliver the computational biology tools needed to understand cytoskeletal dynamics.