Biological Applicability of the Cellular Potts Model

8 March 2011
Sophie Kershaw

How best to use the cellular Potts model? This is a boundary dynamic method for computational cell-based modelling, in which evolution of the domain is achieved through a process of free energy minimisation. Historically its roots lie in statistical mechanics, yet in modern day it has been implemented in the study of metallic grain growth, foam coarsening and most recently, biological cells. I shall present examples of its successful application to the Steinberg cell sorting experiments of the early 1960s, before examining the specific case of the colorectal crypt. This scenario highlights the somewhat problematic nuances of the CPM, and provides useful insights into the process of selecting a cell-based framework that is suited to the complex biological tissue of interest.

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar