Nordita, Stockholm, Sweden
The program will bring together a group of theoretical physicists, mathematicians, and experimentalists from biology, biophysics, and biomedical engineering to study the mechanisms by which i) protein assemblies, such as biopolymers, layers, and condensates, exert forces in cells, ii) protein assembly dynamics in cells are regulated by forces, and iii) the dynamics of force-generating assemblies are controlled by signaling pathways. The program will have an average attendance of about 20 scientists over a period of three weeks. It will enhance the formation of collaborative links between experiment and theory, as well as those between theorists using different methodologies. It will also clarify the links between apparently disparate, but related phenomena by bringing in individuals with a broad range of backgrounds. Finally, it will enhance the development of the mechanobiology community in the Nordic countries.