Adriana Dawes, S. Seirin-Lee
Biological systems often generate highly complex and dynamic patterns. These emergent patterns often have functional significance: protein polarization at the single cell level is required for asymmetric division and cell fate specification in development, and multicellular patterns are required for positioning of organs and structures such as teeth. These patterns rely on many features of the system, including biochemical interaction networks, morphology, and mechanical properties. In this mini-symposium, we bring together researchers who are integrating information about these different aspects of biological systems to better understand how patterns are generated, and the consequences when these patterns are disrupted.