Manuscript on rigidity transitions in anisotropic tissues and fruit fly convergent extension appears in PNAS

A great collaboration with Karen Kasza’s group at Columbia has led to a paper we’re excited about that just appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Our former REU (research experiences for undergraduates) student Leo Sutter is a co-author, as are former postdocs Matthias Merkel and Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan. Here’s a link to a news article about the research :
And here’s a link to the manuscript: Xun Wang*, Matthias Merkel*, Leo B. Sutter*, Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan, M. Lisa Manning, Karen E. Kasza. “A solid-to-fluid transition is predicted by cell shape and alignment in an anisotropic tissue of the developing fly embryo”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences May 2020, , , arXiv: (2020).