Flagellar motility and metaboly in Euglena gracilis: lessons on locomotion and shape control from a unicellular protist

14 June 2018
Antonio Desimone

Locomotion strategies employed by unicellular organism are a rich source of inspiration for studying mechanisms for shape control. They are particularly interesting because they are invisible to the naked eye, and offer surprising new solutions to the question of how shape can be controlled.

In recent years, we have studied locomotion and shape control in Euglena gracilis. This unicellular protist is particularly intriguing because it can adopt different motility strategies: swimming by flagellar propulsion, or crawling thanks to large amplitude shape changes of the whole body (a behavior known as metaboly). We will survey our most recent findings within this stream of research.

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar