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Upcoming Events


CPB Seminars

Buzz Baum (LMB) and Andela Saric (UCL)

7th October - 2 pm (BST)

The mechanics and evolution of cell division

Living systems propagate by undergoing rounds of cell growth and division. In fact, all modern day organisms are the progeny of a single cell that divided over 3.5 billion years ago. In this talk, by looking at features of the cell division machinery that we (eukaryotes) share with our cellular relatives, the archaea, we will attempt to shed light on the origins of our cell division machinery. By studying, experimentally and numerically, cell division in Sulfolobus, a member of the TACK/Asgard archaea, we will ask whether it is possible to use these relatively simple organisms to reveal fundamental physical features of the process of cell division that are hard to discern in our cells because of their relative complexity.

Registration (here)

(format: zoom meeting)


Nicoletta Petridou (EMBL)

4th November - 2 pm 

More information coming soon.



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Previous Seminars


Patricia Bassereau - Institut Curie, Paris

How filopodia locally protrude from cell plasma membrane

15 June | 14:00 (BST) | Zoom


Nathalie Questembert-Balaban - Hebrew University

Observation of universal dynamics in the recovery of single cells to stress

11 May | 14:00 (BST) | Zoom


Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan FRS - Harvard University

The wisdom of hives, nests and mounds

23 April | 15:00 (BST) | Zoom


Timothy Russell - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

Mathematical modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic: using a range of simple and complex models to get the most out of the available data

10 February 2021 | 14.30 | Zoom


Matthieu Piel - Institute Curie (Paris)

The actin cortex in live cells

19 November 2020 | 14.30 | Zoom


Previous Mini-Symposia

Termly mini-symposia will be held based around our Research Areas


CIN CPB joint meeting:

Experimental and Conceptual Modelling of Immunity and Disease

 8 July 2021 - 2 pm at the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre* (in-person and online)


CPB Single Cell Symposium

Keynote Lecture - Dr. Rahul Satija​  (New York Genome Center - NYU )

19 April 14:00 - 16:00 (BST)


CPB Mechanics of Epithelia Symposium

23 March 13:00 - 18:00 (GMT)


CPB Annual Meeting 2020

Keynote Lecture - Prof. Lisa Manning  (Syracuse University)

16 December | 14:00 - 16.30 | Zoom


Live Imaging of Cells and Molecules

Keynote LectureProf. Achillefs Kapanidis (University of Oxford)

29 May 2020 | 14:00 - 16:30 | Zoom


Launch Event

Keynote LectureProf. Martin Howard (John Innes Centre - Norwhich)

20 January 2020 | 14:00 - 19:30 | Old Divinity School - St John's College 



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