A16 Reversible crosslink binding in cytoskeletal filament bundles and networks

This project deals with the theoretical description of the process of reversible crosslinking in cytoskeletal filament assemblies, and its role for the mechanics and dynamics of different cytoskeletal structures. The emphasis is on the role of specific crosslink properties, like stiffness or binding affinity, for linear and nonlinear viscoelastic properties. We will also study the role of network-membrane connections, as for example present in the actin cortex.