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Professor Mohan Balasubramanian
University of Warwick
Our interest is to understand how physical cell division of eukaryotic cells is achieved. We focus on a force-generating machine that divides one cell into two. We use a variety of methods to understand the tracks that are used for cell division (called actin filaments) and the motors that generate force along these tracks (called myosins). We have made fundamental discoveries regarding how the motor can function even when it does not generate force. We have also made important discoveries concerning how physical properties of cells and cellular structures play important roles in facilitating proper cell division. We are also synthetically trying to assemble cell division apparatuses. We believe this will be an achievement that will help us thoroughly understand the mechanism of cell division.