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Prof. Bela Mulder, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF)

Prof. Bela Mulder will be responsible for the development of the theoretical and computational models for plant cell wall architecture and mechanical properties that will serve as a predictive component in the iterative cycle of targeted modification, experimental verification and model refinement proposed in this project (WP5). Since the early 90's Bela Mulder has been actively engaged in studying structures and processes in living cells using the tools of statistical mechanics and materials science. Within AMOLF he is part of the division Physics of Life Processes which over the past few years has grown to comprise ten research groups all actively engaged in seeking collaborations with outside partners with a view of contributing to knowledge chain.

C.V. Key personnel

  • Bela Mulder, group leader Theory of Biomolecular Matter at AMOLF and adjunct professor Theoretical Physics of the Cell at the Laboratory for Plant Cell Biology of Wageningen University. His group focuses on diverse topics in theoretical biological physics ranging from cellulose biosynthesis, cytoskeleton dynamics, the mechanism of tip growth and DNA segregation in bacteria.
  • Fabiana Diotallevi, PhD student, works on molecular models of the cellulose synthase complex and its interactions.

Selected Publications

  • M. C. Emons and B. M. Mulder. The making of the architecture of the plant cell wall: how cells exploit geometry. Proc. Natl. Acad. 95:7215-7219 (1998)
  • G. S. van Doorn, C. Tanase, B. M. Mulder and M. Dogterom. On the stall force for growing microtubules. Europ. Biophys. J. 29 2 (2000)
  • Mulder and A. M. C. Emons. A dynamical model for plant cell wall architecture formation. J. Math. Biol. 42 :261-289 (2001)
  • B. M. Mulder, J. Schel and A. M. C. Emons. How the geometrical model for plant cell wall texture formation enables the production of a random texture Cellulose \11\:395-401 (2004)
  • S. H. Tindemans, N. Kern and B. M. Mulder he diffusive vesicle supply center model for tip growth in fungal hyphae. J. Theor. Biol. In press doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2005.07.004
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