The mission of the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology at Warwick is to discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms driving active self-organisation in living systems. Our unique Centre was launched in 2010 and has grown meanwhile from 3 to 8 PIs, including three Wellcome Senior Investigators. The centre is housed in a purpose-designed building that was opened by Sir Paul Nurse in 2012. An extension was constructed in 2015 and will be opened by Randy Schekman in July 2016.


kif15motor slide

Hauke Drechsler reveals that Kif15 is a multi-function motor that can rearrange microtubule networks, track plus-ends and control dynamics.
>> PNAS (2016) | [Open Access]

Alp14Faster, stronger

A Cross lab team show how the Alp7/14 tip-tracker accelerates microtubule plus end growth.
>> Nature Scientific Reports (2016) | [Open Access]

meiosismeiotic kinetochores

Jess Patel reveals how kinetochores operate differently during meiosis in humans and how this may explain chromosome errors as maternal age increases.
>> Biology Open (2015) | open access

inferthe force awakens

Burroughs and McAinsh use mathematical modelling to infer the forces controlling kinetochore motion.
>> PLOS Computational Biology (2015) | open access

superSuper Track

Burroughs and McAinsh reveal how a force-sensitive molecular clock controls direction of kinetochore movements - a key requirement for chromosome positioning.
>> eLife (2015) | link

bundleWalking home

The Mishima lab shows that cells link PRC1 to centralspindlin to create a motorised crosslinker that actively maintains the integrity of the central spindle.
>> Nature Communications (2015) | link