David Tees

David Tees

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Science Café talk to focus on cells and molecules tug of war

Every day, humans' cells and molecules undergo the regular tug of war of "pulling, pushing and squeezing" that is a staple of life.  

David Tees, associate director in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will discuss this phenomenon during the Science Café discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

The discussion will feature videos and demonstrations, which Tees hopes will give audience members the opportunity to immerse themselves in the ever-present tussle called "Pulling, Pushing and Squeezing: Physics and Adhesion Biology."

Tees' research focuses on the various ways cells can attach to each other, remain attached, detach and start the cycle again.  

"I hope the audience is able to see how things move around on the very small scale," Tees said, "And how cells and molecules respond to hits and kicks from their environment."