Internal flows in soft tissue tubes: Evo + Devo + Physio

12 Jul 2018, 10:30
New Law School/--102 (University of Sydney)

New Law School/--102

University of Sydney



Internal flows in soft tissue tubes: Evo + Devo + Physio

  • Sharon Lubkin (North Carolina State University)


A unifying feature of metazoans is the physical necessity of bulk transport systems, most of which can be described as systems of soft tubes. These soft tubes transport secretions by a variety of methods, including passive response to pressure gradients, peristaltic pumping, and other methods. The morphogenesis and evolution of the tubes and the functioning and control of the transport methods that they use involve complex interactions between gene networks, signalling, transport of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids, and fluid-structure interactions.
This minisymposium presents work on a variety of tubular transport systems: from the tunicate heart, to mammalian lymphatics, lung, and salivary glands. We will discuss flow, physiology, mechanical stress, control systems, and evolutionary aspects.

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