Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan (email | web): is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Riverside, where she studied the physics of viruses. She is a Fulbright alumna and was the recipient of Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate award from UCR Department of Physics. After her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral associate at Syracuse University, investigating the mechanisms underlying tissue and organ formation. Currently, she explores the mechanical regulation of cell shapes and coordination during wound repair and morphogenesis in the fruit fly embryo. She was recently selected as one of the Rising Stars in Engineering in Health by Columbia University. Her main research goals focus on understanding the fundamental physical mechanisms underlying complex biological processes using multidisciplinary approaches. In addition to research, she has been committed to cultivating an inclusive environment in science, organizing outreach programs, and initiating a Women in Physics group and a mentoring program.

Talk details: Role of cellular rearrangement time on tissue mechanics
Collective cell movements guide embryonic development, wound repair and can contribute to cancer metastasis. In these morphogenetic events, cells must move past each other (cellular rearrangement) and change neighbors to allow global tissue changes. Here, I will discuss my research developing mathematical models to investigate how molecular-scale mechanisms that act as a brake on cellular rearrangements affect global tissue material properties.