Dr. Kimberly Stroka (DU ’06)
University of Maryland
Title: Engineering biomimetic microsystems to study tumor cell mechanobiology at the blood-brain barrier
Abstract: Intriguingly, we have discovered that the classical model of cell migration on two-dimensional substrates (relying on actin polymerization, cell adhesion to the substrate, and myosin II-mediated contractility) does not apply to metastatic tumor cells migrating through physically confining spaces that exist at the BBB.
Finally, I will discuss my exciting journey, from my beginnings as a Denison Physics major, to my current position as Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
** Refreshments will be served, as well. **