At her blog, Suzan Mazur interviews neuroscientist Medha Pathak on the recent Mechanome in Action symposium she chaired at UC-Irvine. Pathak “is currently a professor of physiology and biophysics at UCI and heads the Pathak Lab’s investigation there into “how mechanical forces modulate neural stem cell fate in development and repair.”
Suzan Mazur: If you google “mechanome,” you don’t see that many references to it.
Medha Pathak: The term is catching on. The first Mechbio conference, organized by colleagues Padmini Rangamani, Juan Carlos del Alamo and Debanjan Mukherjee in 2016 at UC-San Diego, was called “Putting Together the Cell Mechanome: Finding the pieces, building the puzzle.”
When organizing the 2018 conference, the second one in the series, we—Jun Allard, Albert Siryaporn, Timothy Downing and I—wanted to go beyond putting the components together to function and decided to call the meeting: “The Mechanome In Action.” Suzan Mazur, “
Neuroscientist Medha Pathak and the “Mechanome in Action”” at Oscillations
It’s true about Googling the term. There is, however, a hashtag now.
See also: Suzan Mazur asks: How far have we gotten in understanding the mechanome?
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