Engineering stochasticity in bottom-up synthetic cells
Molecular Horizons Seminar - Dr Alex Mason
At the molecular level, the impact of random thermal fluctuations on biological processes is ubiquitous. Nature has evolved an impressive array of mechanisms to control these stochastic events towards useful biological output. In this seminar I will outline the robust coacervate-core vesicles that underpin much of this work, describe our recent efforts to harness such random fluctuations within a synthetic cell membrane to drive autonomous motility, and provide a sneak-peek at what I want to explore with my DECRA project.