Faculty Advisor

Ryder, Elizabeth F.

Faculty Advisor

Ward, Matt

Abstract

This project involved gathering detailed information regarding the development of C. elegans from fertilization to 100 cells. The research helped create a three-dimensional computer simulation. Information regarding cellular interactions, division timing, orientation, and cell positions were translated into an expandable database form. Cells were represented as metaballs, and intercellular forces were modeled using collision detection and momentum equations. This simulation contained known and hypothesized information and produced an accurate representation of cell division timing and orientation, regionalization, and interactions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Major

Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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