Nikita’s, Bram’s and Dani’s work on self-organization of microtubules has been published in Chaos, Solitons & Fractals

Microtubules self-organize to form part of the cellular cytoskeleton. They give cells their shape and play a crucial role in cell division and intracellular transport. Although the topic has been extensively studied, the question remains: What defines such microtubule networks’ spatial order and robustness? In their work, Nikita, Bram and Dani have investigated a simplified computational model of microtubule self-organization driven by the motor protein dynein.  With this they identified dynein-driven microtubule motility and the initial connectivity of the microtubule network are linked to self-organization, from which they were able to reveal a stability promoting hysteresis in microtubule self-organization. Well done, Nikita, Bram and Dani, check out their work in Chaos, Solitons & Fractals.