Collective dynamics and pattern formation in systems of communicating cells: Theory and Simulations

Yiteng Dang

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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How a system of genetically identical biological cells organizes into spatially heterogeneous tissues is a central question in biology. Even when the molecular and genetic underpinnings of cell-cell interactions are known, how these lead to multicellular patterns is often poorly understood. Of particular interest are dynamic patterns such as traveling waves, which confer spatiotemporal control over key developmental processes such as differentiation, segmentation and cell division. Theoretical approaches based on mathematical descriptions of underlying physical and chemical processes provide a promising avenue to explore biological pattern formation. In particular, theoretical models connect processes on the molecular scale to biological function on the tissue level and may provide mechanistic descriptions of how patterns are generated and maintained.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Dogterom, A.M., Supervisor
  • Youk, H.O., Advisor
Award date27 Aug 2020
Print ISBNs978-90-8593-435-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • pattern formation
  • multicellular systems
  • cell-cell communication
  • self-organization
  • complex systems
  • cellular automata
  • gene networks

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