Mechanisms of
Sperm Motility:
Dr. Charles Lindemann

Dr. Lindeman maintains a research program to investigate the mechanisms of sperm motility, with special emphasis on the workings of the flagellar axoneme. A number of talented undergraduate students have been involved in the research, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. This work is supported by the Cellular Organization Program of the NSF (grant MCB-0918294). Presently, we have several Oakland University students participating in the work. The main contribution of the program is a series of reports which build a case for a "Geometric Clutch" mechanism to explain how cilia and flagella generate a beat. This hypothesis is tested in a working computer simulation. Much of the current experimental work in the lab is designed to test specific predictions of the Geometric Clutch model.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Click here to see Dr. Lindemann's research and publication history

Dr. Lindemann's Cytoskeleton Research page

Click here to find out: "What are cilia and flagella?"

This page last updated February 23, 2012

Many thanks to John Coughlin for his expertise in getting this webpage started way back in 1999!
We also than Dan Walton for his mastery in redesigning the site in 2007
and Ben Dionne again in 2011.


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