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Scientists share advances in mechanobiology

15 November 2012

Professor Michael Sheetz, Director of the Mechanobiology Institute and Distinguished Professor at the NUS Department of Biological Sciences, welcoming guests at the Mechanobiology Conference

How do mechanical forces influence chromatin? What are the tools to measure and control such mechanical forces to influence the organisation and mechanisms of chromatin? These were some of the topics discussed at the 6th Mechanobiology Conference by the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at NUS from 12 to 14 November.

Themed "The Mechanobiology of Chromatin and Transcription", the event saw some 350 scientists from 14 countries gathering at the University to discuss the latest advances in chromatin, a combination of DNA and proteins which constitute the contents of a cell nucleus. Sessions included insightful presentations delivered by researchers from renowned universities such as Cambridge University, University Pierre et Marie Curie and the University of Tokyo. Posters on key projects were also displayed while a workshop provided attendees with technical knowledge and hands-on training.

Scientists from the Mechanobiology Institute also shared knowledge of their work such as the Yes-associated protein, H-NS-family proteins, salmonella pathogenesis and p130Cas-dependent actin remodelling.

First started in 2008, the Mechanobiology Conference aims to provide a platform for scientists to assemble and discuss about the developing field of mechanobiology. The Mechanobiology Institute is a Research Centre of Excellence supported by the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation to create a research centre in mechanobiology that benefits the discipline and Singapore.