When: February 24, 2016, 2:00 PM
Location: 3rd Floor Orchard View Room , Discovery Building
Contact: 608-316-4401, firstname.lastname@example.org
Biolocomotion in complex fluids
Many of the fluids through which microorganisms swim are “complex”, in that they do not respond to deformation like classical fluids. Mammalian spermatozoa, for instance, encounter several complex fluids throughout the female reproductive system, including glycoprotein-based cervical mucus, mucosal epithelium inside the fallopian tubes, and actin-based viscoelastic gel outside the ovum. Such biofluids are typically “viscoelastic” and can exhibit many other unusual properties, and simple questions like “Do microorganisms swim faster or slower in complex fluids?” evade simple answers. I will provide an introduction to “life at the micron scale” and then discuss some of the recent efforts to understand biolocomotion through complex fluids.
Bio: Saverio Spagnolie is an assistant professor in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before arriving in Madison, Saverio received a Ph.D. in mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, then held postdoctoral positions in the Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering department at UCSD and in the School of Engineering at Brown University. His research interests lie at the interface between fluid dynamics, soft matter, biolocomotion, and numerical analysis, and he is a co-founder of the Madison Applied Mathematics Laboratory.
All QBio sponsored talks take place on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Orchard View room of the Discovery Building. Talks are open to the public. Access to the room is via the elevator behind Aldo’s Cafe in the Northeast corner of the building.