The first Monod-Diderot Lecture of the year will welcome Yves Barral (ETH Zürich) for a presentation entitled :
Mechanisms of microtubule specialization and its role in asymmetric cell division
Free access in Amphi Buffon – 15, rue Hélène Brion – 75013 Paris
Cells are the basic unit of life and have acquired in evolution not only the ability to proliferate but also to take decisions, protect themselves against a broad variety of stresses or pathogens, memorize information about their past experience and adapt their shape and activities to environmental cues and conditions. We are using different yeast species to study how Eukaryotes carry out these different functions and how these activities contribute to cellular diversity, speciation and aging. We focus particularly on the role of two universal processes in Eukaryotes, namely cell division (particularly asymmetric cell division) and the sexual cycle (focusing on mating).