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Monday, May 24, 2010
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Oppenheimer Study Center (2nd Floor, Jemez Room)


The Physics of Cancer

Professor Robert Austin
Department of Physics, University of Princeton

Max Delbruck once remarked that "there are no "absolute phenomena" in biology. Everything is time bound and space bound." We have taken that idea literally in our work, using the technologies of microfabrication and nanofabrication to exert time and space bounds on cells, mostly bacteria, to probe how cells have evolved and adapted to highly confining and stressful environments. We believe that there are general physics-related principles to be gained from studying adaptation under stress that do map phenomena from bacteria to men. I will try to show that connection, and connect it to the mystery of why we cannot "cure" cancer.

Host: Bob Ecke, T-CNLS