Decoding the Architecture of Vascular Networks

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm
Where: DA 114
Speaker: Eleni Katifori
Organization: Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University
Sponsor: Physics Colloquium

Distribution and structural networks permeate virtually all life, from the cellular to the organismic level. They have allowed organisms to grow in size and complexity by ensuring efficient distribution of nutrients and structural support. Given their importance, these vascular and structural webs have been under strong evolutionary selection and their form frequently reflects important aspects of their function. We discuss the design principles behind the evolution of the architecture and topology of vascular and structural networks and present some examples (leaf venation, arterial vasculature of the neocortex and others) that elucidate them.