New Slow Science Talk by Naama Barkai on 3 July 2019 at BioQuant
Posted June 28 2019
Invitation to the SLOW SCIENCE seminar by Professor Naama Barkai (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot) at the BioQuant center.

What limits the growth rate and size of individual cells? Naama Barkai’s talk will take place on July 3rd, 2019 at 4.00 pm in the BioQuant lecture hall (SR41).



Abstract: Growth rate and cell size are principle characteristics of proliferating cells. Values of these parameters vary widely between organisms and cell types. Yet, for a particular cell type, subject to specific conditions, a typical cell size and growth rates can be defined. What are the determinants of growth rate and cell size? Are there ‘hard’ constraints, related to basic molecular processes within cells, that limit these values? I will discuss our thoughts and results regarding such limitations, and suggest an inherent conflict between growth rate and cell size that emerges beyond a critical size.


Naama Barkai is a Faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she is combining theoretical and computational tools with wet lab experiments to investigate design principles of biological networks. She has received several awards in recognition of her work, including the first ever EMBO award for women in science and the Rothschild Prize in Life Science among others.


In the SLOW SCIENCE seminar series internationally renowned scientists across disciplines present current research topics, but also fundamental problems in the life sciences. There is only one rule for them: strictly no slides shows, but blackboards only! We are looking forward to meeting you for the next SLOW SCIENCE talk at BioQuant!




Dr.-Ing. Angela Mauer-Oberthür

Geschäftsführung BioQuant

Universität Heidelberg


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