Assistant scientist, Swetha Murthy, Ph.D., provides information about the molecules within our bodies that allow us to sense and respond to physical stimuli in this May 17, 2021 BRAINet recording.
Touch or pain sensation, muscle contraction, and blood pressure regulation are just a few biological processes that rely on the ability of cells and tissues to sense mechanical force. The process of converting these mechanical stimuli into biological signals is called mechanotransduction and is mainly accomplished by mechanically activated ion channels which the Murthy lab studies.
Watch Dr. Murthy's presentation — "How does the body sense force?"
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