A large portion of living systems consists of biopolymers which form complex active network. Different kind of proteins form bridges between two biopolymer stands. The number of such bonds can stiffen the network or make it more flexible. This interpolation from flexible to stiff often are required for proper biological functions. These systems are called viscoelastic – they are somewhere in between solid and liquid, and often have counter intuitive properties. We probe these complex network systems by introducing Brownian Walkers those execute diffusive motion in the complex network and sample the environment. Students will learn about biopolymer network by analyzing the data obtained by Bhattacharya’s group.
Start Date: 1/10/2022 - End Date: 4/27/2022
Type of Project
3-5 hours/week or as allowed by EXCEL/COMPASS hour(s)
Some basic knowledge of programming language, such as Python, C, C++ will be necessary to write short codes for reading and analysis of data. Students are expected to present the research result in Showcase of Undergraduate Research.
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For EXCEL URE Students Only