Simulation of Morphogen and Tissue Dynamics

  • Michael D. Multerer
  • Lucas D. Wittwer
  • Anna Stopka
  • Diana Barac
  • Christine Lang
  • Dagmar IberEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1863)


Morphogenesis, the process by which an adult organism emerges from a single cell, has fascinated humans for a long time. Modeling this process can provide novel insights into development and the principles that orchestrate the developmental processes. This chapter focuses on the mathematical description and numerical simulation of developmental processes. In particular, we discuss the mathematical representation of morphogen and tissue dynamics on static and growing domains, as well as the corresponding tissue mechanics. In addition, we give an overview of numerical methods that are routinely used to solve the resulting systems of partial differential equations. These include the finite element method and the Lattice Boltzmann method for the discretization as well as the arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian method and the Diffuse-Domain method to numerically treat deforming domains.

Key words

In silico morphogenesis Morphogen dynamics Tissue dynamics Tissue mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Multerer
    • 1
  • Lucas D. Wittwer
    • 1
  • Anna Stopka
    • 1
  • Diana Barac
    • 1
  • Christine Lang
    • 1
  • Dagmar Iber
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biosystems Science and EngineeringETH ZurichBaselSwitzerland

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