Neurons are carriers and coders of electrical signals and their ability to deliver and process electrical information is critically important and was therefore heavily investigated. But neurons also have very exciting mechanical properties which were only poorly explored. We are exploring how neuronal mechanics affect cell development, mobility and information processing.

Neuronal migration and network topology -under tension
Yael Hanein, Oren Tadmor, Sarit Anava and Amir Ayali
Neuroscience, Vol. 172, pp. 572579, 2011.
 
Process entanglement as a neuronal adhesion mechanism
Raya Sorkin, Alon Greenbaum,Moshe David-Pur, Sarit Anava, Amir Ayali, Eshel Ben-Jacob, and Yael Hanein
Nanotechnology, 20, pp. 015101, 2009
 
The regulative role of neurite mechanical tension in network development
Sarit Anava, Alon Greenbaum, Eshel Ben Jacob, Yael Hanein and Amir Ayali
Biophysical Journal, 96, 1661-70, 2009.