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DEPARTMENT COLLOQUIUM | Infectious Diseases, Auto-Immune Diseases, and Cancer: Opportunities for Physics

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
5:00 AM
340 West Hall

Soft-condensed matter physics has made significant impact in the fields of colloids, polymers, and liquid crystals (among many other interesting topics). Here I show how governing concepts from soft matter can impact unsolved problems in biomedicine, such as auto-immune diseases (psoriasis, lupus, where the immune system attacks the host), infectious diseases (viral and bacterial infections), and mitochondrial pathologies (under-regulated apoptosis leads to neurodegenerative diseases whereas over-regulated apoptosis leads to cancer.)