Plenary Lecture 3
Dr. Pedro Tarazona
IFIMAC Institute for Condensed Matter Physics, Dept. Fisica Teorica de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
Modelling of FtsZ protein filaments from AFM images
Pedro Tarazona is professor at the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Dept. and coordinator for the Soft-Matter and Biophysics area of IFIMAC institute at UAM. He has a long experience in the statistical physics of liquids, liquid-crystals and other soft condensed matter phases, their phase transitions and interfaces. In 1991, a sabbatical stay in Vienna was the starting point for his work in the application of those theoretical tools to biological systems, with the analysis of the RNA folding and the quasi-species model of Eigen and Schuster under complex replication landscapes. Later, he has also addressed problems related to the stability and fluctuations of bilayer membranes. Over the last decade, and in close collaboration with the experimental group of M. Vélez, he has worked on the theoretical description of the FtsZ protein filaments from the experimental information gathered from AFM images.