Ben Harland

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The electrical properties of the cellular membrane are important for ion transport across cells and electrophysiology. Plasma membranes also resist bending and stretching, and mechanical properties of the membrane influence cell shape and forces in membrane tethers pulled from cells. There exists a coupling between the electrical and mechanical properties(More)
When tissue cells are plated on a flexible substrate, durotaxis, the directed migration of cells toward mechanically stiff regions, has been observed. Environmental mechanical signals are not only important in cell migration but also seem to influence all aspects of cell differentiation and development, including the metastatic process in cancer cells.(More)
Markovian models based on the stochastic master equation are often encountered in single molecule dynamics, reaction networks, and nonequilibrium problems in chemistry, physics, and biology. An efficient and convenient method to simulate these systems is the kinetic Monte Carlo algorithm which generates continuous-time stochastic trajectories. We discuss an(More)
Lakes with high levels of dissolved organic matter are common in northern temperate regions. These habitats are sensitive to environmental and climate change, but the molecular ecology and eco-physiology of their phytoplankton have been under studied, in part because the DOM interferes with molecular and biochemical analyses of these populations. We(More)
Outer hair cell electromechanics, critically important to mammalian active hearing, is driven by the cell membrane potential. The membrane protein prestin is a crucial component of the active outer hair cell’s motor. The focus of the paper is the analysis of the local membrane potential and electric field resulting from the interaction of electric charges(More)
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