Project

Hydrodynamics of feeding and swimming flagellates

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Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

Flagellates are unicellular organisms that use long, slender appendages (flagella) to create flows that propel them, support their nutrient and prey uptake, but also expose them to flow-sensing predators. It is largely unknown what the flagellar characteristics are optimized for and which strategies and functions they reflect. To address these questions we are working on a model in which we represent the cell as a solid sphere and the flagellar beat as a number of steady or time-varying point forces. We have recently used the model and observations on freely swimming individual flagellates to study the flagellar arrangement and beat pattern as a key trait in flagellates with two symmetrically arranged flagella. In the project you will use the model framework to describe near-cell flows and trajectories of other biologically important marine flagellates that swim with different numbers, arrangements, and beat patterns of their flagellar appendages.

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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Fysik

Name

Anders Peter Andersen

Position

Lektor

Mail

aanders@fysik.dtu.dk

Supervisor info

BSc in Physics and Nanotechnology

Supervisor

Anders Peter Andersen

Co-supervisors

Julia Dölger

Type

BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

MSc in Physics and Nanotechnology

Supervisor

Anders Peter Andersen

Co-supervisors

Julia Dölger

Type

BSc project, MSc thesis, Special course

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