Abstract by Mary Ellen Rosen

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Mary Ellen Rosen

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John Dallon


Finding the Mean Squared Displacement for a Cell Motion Model


Understanding cell motion has many applications. For example, targeted enhanced cell motion could speed up wound healing whereas targeted inhibited cell motion could slow down the spread of cancer.  We examine the centroid model for amoeboid cell motion and try to compute the Mean Squared Displacement (MSD). If we assume that the focal adhesions (FAs) attach in a sequential manner, we can compute an estimate for the MSD that is very close to the experimental data. Efforts were made to find an upper and lower bound for the MSD.