Pragya Srivastava

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Successful cytokinesis requires proper assembly of the contractile actomyosin ring, its stable positioning on the cell surface and proper constriction. Over the years, many of the key molecular components and regulators of the assembly and positioning of the actomyosin ring have been elucidated. Here we show that cell geometry and mechanics play a crucial(More)
We demonstrate that an antiferromagnetic coupling between paramagnetic Fe-porphyrin molecules and ultrathin Co and Ni magnetic films on Cu(100) substrates can be established by an intermediate layer of atomic oxygen. The coupling energies have been determined from the temperature dependence of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements. By density(More)
We study the dynamics and patterning of polar contractile filaments on the surface of a cylindrical cell using active hydrodynamic equations that incorporate couplings between curvature and filament orientation. Cables and rings spontaneously emerge as steady state configurations on the cylinder, and can be stationary or moving, helical or tilted segments(More)
We present a general dynamical theory of a membrane coupled to an actin cortex containing polymerizing filaments with active stresses and currents, and demonstrate that active membrane dynamics [S. Ramaswamy et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3494 (2000)] and spontaneous shape oscillations emerge from this description. We also consider membrane instabilities and(More)
We study the shape and texture of finite domains comprising chiral or achiral molecules carrying tilt, embedded in a two-dimensional surface or membrane, using a combination of simulations and exact variational calculations. We find a variety of shapes and textures including rectangular-shaped domains and a spontaneously broken chiral texture, when the(More)
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