Library exhibition examines maths and cells

Math cells
Comparative images from the exhibition.

Monash Library presents Mathematics of cell segregation, the latest digital exhibition at the Hargrave-Andrew Library at the Clayton campus.

This intriguing exhibition demonstrates how mathematics can, with an equation, simply and accurately describe the movement and behaviour of cells. Not only that, video simulations of how cells act can then be created from that equation.

We see real cells clustering or segregating, in footage from a microscope, and can compare that with the video simulations of their predicted behaviour. The fascination is to be found in how the simulated version so accurately recreates the reality.

Mathematics of cell segregation is the work of Dr Rotem Aharon, of the School of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science. It has been prepared in collaboration with Associate Professor Kais Hamza and Professor Fima Klebaner of the School of Mathematical Sciences, and with Dr Peter Janes of  the  Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences.

In constructing this equation, collaborators worked together to deepen the understanding of processes controlling cell behaviour, in particular cell segregation regulated by cell surface proteins labelled Eph and Ephrin. These proteins play a significant role in healthy embryonic development, while  in  the adult they take part in the formation of cancer tumours. Better understanding of Eph and Ephrin functionality and regulation of cell behaviour can help advance the development of anti-cancer therapies.

Dr Aharon will speak about the exhibition at a “Meet the researcher” event on Wednesday 20 July at 11am to 12 noon, at the Hargrave-Andrew Library. She will be introduced by Professor Philip Hall, the Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.  All welcome, no RSVP required.  Light  refreshments  will be provided.

Mathematics of cell segregation is the fifth digital exhibition displayed at Hargrave-Andrew Library since 2014. The exhibition will be on show until the end of semester two, 2016.