Mechanics and Dynamics of Cell Growth Control in Microbes
Rico Rojas, NYU Biology

I will discuss two ongoing projects concerning how microbes control cell growth and morphogenesis.  First, I will discuss how a convergent mechanical mechanism of cell-wall expansion imposes a developmental constraint on the space of possible shapes of tip-growing cells from across the tree of life.  Second, I will describe a stability analysis of bacterial growth rate with respect to perturbations of gene expression.