I. Ang, M.S. Yousafzai, V. Yadav, K Mohler, J. Rinehart, N. Bouklas† & M. Murrell†

Elastocapillary effects determine early matrix deformation by glioblastoma cell spheroids

APL Bioengineering

to appear


M.S. Yousafzai, S. Amiri, Z. Sun, A.A. Pahlavan† & M. Murrell†

Confinement induces internal flows in adherent cell aggregates

Royal Society Interface

to appear


R. Sakamoto & M. Murrell

F-actin architecture determines the conversion of chemical energy into mechanical work

Nature Communications

to appear

Z. Sun, V. Yadav, S. Amiri, W. Cao, E. M. De La Cruz, and
M. Murrell

Cofilin-mediated actin filament network flexibility facilitates 2D to 3D actomyosin shape change

European Journal of Cell Biology

doi 10.1016


T. Böddeker, A. Rusch, K. Leeners, M. Murrell, and E.R. Dufresne

Actin and microtubules position stress granules

Physical Review X Life

1, 023010


S. Amiri, C. Muresan, X. Shang, C. Huet-Calderwood, M. Schwartz, D. Calderwood, M. Murrell

Intracellular Tension Sensor Reveals Mechanical Anisotropy of the Actin Cytoskeleton

Nature Communications

doi. 0.1038


S. H. Lee, M. S. Yousafzai, K. Mohler, V. Yadav, S. Amiri, J. Szuszkiewicz, A. Levchenko, J. Rinehart, M. Murrell,

SPAK-dependent co-transporter activity mediates capillary adhesion and pressure during glioblastoma migration in confined spaces

Molecular Biology of the Cell

doi. 10.1091


R. Sakamoto, D.S. Banerjee, V. Yadav, S. Chen, M. Gardel, C. Sykes, S. Banerjee, and M. Murrell

Membrane Tension Induces F-actin Reorganization and Flow in a Biomimetic Model Cortex

Communications Biology



H. Xing, Y. Huang, B. Kunkemoeller, Peter Dahl, O. Muraleetharan, N. Malvankar, M. Murrell & T. Kyriakides 

Dysregulation of TSP2-Rac1-WAVE2 axis in diabetic cells leads to cytoskeletal disorganization, increased cell stiffness, and dysfunction

Scientific Reports

12, 22474


C. Muresan*, Z. Sun*, V. Yadav, A. Tabatabai, L. Lanier, J. Kim, TY Kim, M. Murrell

F-actin architecture determines constraints on myosin thick filament motion

Nature Communications

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-34715-6


M. Staddon, M. Murrell, S. Banerjee

Interplay between substrate rigidity and tissue fluidity regulates cell monolayer spreading

Soft Matter

DOI: 10.1039/D2SM00757F


M.S. Yousafzai*, V. Yadav*, S.Amiri, M.F. Staddon, Y. Errami, G. Jaspard, S. Banerjee, and M. Murrell

Cell-Matrix Elastocapillary Interactions Drive Pressure-based Wetting of Cell Aggregates

Physical Review X

12, 031027


S. Chen, Z.G. Sun, M. Murrell

In vitro reconstitution of actin cytoskeleton inside giant unilamellar vesicles 

Journal of Visualized Experiments

S.H. Lee, J. Hou, A. Hamidzadeh, S. Yousafzai, V. Ajeti, H. Chang, D Odde, M. Murrell, A. Levchenko

A molecular clock controls periodically driven cell migration in confined spaces

Cell Systems,

13, 1-6


V. Yadav*, MS Yousafzai*, S. Amiri, R. Style, E.R. Dufresne and M. Murrell

Gradients in solid surface tension drive Marangoni-like motions in cell aggregates

Physical Review Fluids

7, L031101


MS Yousafzai*, V. Yadav*, S. Amiri, Y. Errami, S. Amiri, and M. Murrell

Active regulation of pressure and volume defines an energetic constraint on the size of cell aggregates

Physical Review Letters

128, 048103 

D. Wang, J. Treado, A. Boromand, Norwick, M. Murrell, M. Shattuck, and C. O’Hern

Soft Matter,

DOI: 10.1039/D1SM01228B 

J. Treado, D. Wang, A. Boromand, M. Murrell, M. Shattuck, C. O’Hern

Physical Review Materials,

5, 055605

R. Matta, M. Yousafzai, M. Murrell, A. Gonzalez

Endothelial cell secreted metalloproteinase‐2 enhances neural stem cell N‐cadherin expression, clustering, and migration


doi 10.1096/fj.202002302RR


D. Seara, B. Machta, M. Murrell

Irreversibility in Dynamical Phases and Transitions

Nature Communications,

doi 10.1038/s41467-020-20281-2

A.P. Tabatabai*, D. Seara*, J. Tibbs, I. Linsmeier, M. Murrell

Advanced Functional Materials,

doi 10.1002/adfm.202006745


M. Das, C. Schmidt, M. Murrell

Introduction to Active Matter

Soft Matter,

doi 10.1039.D0SM90137G


W. Jung, A.P. Tabatabai, J.J. Thomas, S.M.A. Tabei, M. P. Murrell, T. Kim

Dynamic Motions of Molecular Motors in the Actin Cytoskeleton


doi 10.1002/cm.21582


V. Yadav, D. Banerjee, A. Tabatabai, D. Kovar, T. Kim, S. Banerjee, M. Murrell

Filament nucleation tunes mechanical memory in active polymer networks

Advanced Functional Materials,

doi 10.1002/adfm.201905243


XF. Zhang, V.Ajeti, N. Tsai, A. Fereydooni, W. Burns, M. Murrell, En. De La Cruz, P. Forscher

Regulation of axon growth by myosin II-dependent mechanocatalysis of cofilin activity

Journal of Cell Biology,

doi 10.1083/jcb.201810054


V. Ajeti*, A. Tabatabai*, A. Fleszar, M. Staddon, D. Seara, C. Suarez, M. Yousafzai, M. Bi, D. Kovar, S Banerjee, M. Murrell

Wound healing coordinates actin architectures to regulate mechanical work

Nature Physics,

doi 10.1038/s41567-019-0485-9 


G. Beaune, C. Blanch-Marcader, S. Douezan, J. Dumond, D. Rodriguez-Gonzalez, D. Cuvelier, T. Ondarcuhu, P. Sens, S. Dufour, M. Murrell, F. Brochard-Wyart

Spontaneous Migration of Cellular Aggregates: from giant keratocytes to running spheroids 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

doi 10.1073/pnas 1811348115

D. Seara, V. Yadav, I. Linsmeier, A. Tabatabai, P. Oakes, A. Tabei, S. Banerjee, M. Murrell

Nature Communications,

doi 10.1038/s41467-018-07413

Q. Yu, J. Li, M. Murrell, TY. Kim

Biophysical Journal,

vol 115, 1-11

M. Staddon, D. Bi, P. Tabatabai, V. Ajeti, M. Murrell, S. Banerjee

PLoS Computational Biology,

vol 14 (10), e1006502


I. Linsmeier, S. Banerjee, P. Oakes, W. Jung, T. Kim, M. Murrell

Disordered Actomyosin Networks are Sufficient to Produce Cooperative and Telescopic Contractility

Nature Communications,

Vol 7, Article Number: 12615, pp 1-9


W. Jung, M. Murrell, T. Kim,

F-Actin Fragmentation Induces Distinct Mechanisms of Stress Relaxation in the Actin Cytoskeleton

ACS Macro Letters,

Vol 5, pp 641-645


T. Harkness, J. McNulty, R. Prestil, S. Seymour, T. Klann, M. Murrell, R. Ashton, K. Saha, 

Micropatterned Multiwell Plates for High-Content Imaging and Mechanobiology of Human Cells

Biotechnology Journal,

Vol 10, Issue 10, pp 1555-1587.


M. Murrell, M. Lenz, M. Gardel,

Forcing Cells Into Shape: Mechanisms of Actomyosin Contractility

Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology,

Vol 16, pp 486-498.


W. Jung, M. Murrell, TY. Kim,

F-actin cross-linking enhances stability of force generation in disordered actomyosin networks

Journal of Computational Particle Mechanics,

Vol 1, pp 1-10.


G. Beaune, T. Stirbata, N. Khalifata, O. Cocheta, M. Murrell, S. Dufour, D. Cuvelier, F. Brochard-Wyart,

How cells flow in the spreading of cellular aggregates

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Vol 111, no 22, pp 8055-8060.


M. Murrell, M. Gardel, 

Actomyosin Sliding is Attenuated in Biomimetic Cortices

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Vol 25, no 12, pp 1845-1853.


M. Murrell, T. Thoresen, M. Gardel,

Reconstitution of Contractile Actomyosin Arrays, Reconstituting the Cytoskeleton

Methods in Enzymology

Vol 540, pp 265-282.


M. Murrell, R. Voituriez, J.F. Joanny, P. Nassoy, C. Sykes, M. Gardel, 

Liposome Adhesion Generates Traction Stress

Nature Physics

Vol 10, pp 163-169.


S. Burov, A. Tabei, T. Huynh, M. Murrell, L. Philipson, S. Rice, M. Gardel, N. Scherer, A. Dinner,

Distribution of directional change as a signature of complex dynamics

**Highlighted in Physics Today (`A New Angle on Complex Dynamics’, Miller, J, Physics Today, 67(2), 17 (2014))

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Vol 110, issue 49, pp 19689-19694


M. Murrell, M. Gardel,

F-actin Buckling Modulates Contractility and Severing in a Biomimetic Actomyosin Cortex

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Vol 109, issue 51, pp 20820-20825.


M. Murrell*, L.L. Pontani*, K. Guevorkian, D. Cuvelier , P. Nassoy and C. Sykes,

Spreading Dynamics of Biomimetic Actin Cortices

Biophysical Journal

Vol 100, Issue 6, pp 1400-1409.


M. Murrell, R.D. Kamm, and P.T. Matsudaira,

Tension, Cell Damage, and Free Space in a Microfluidic Wound Healing Assay


6(9): e24283pp 1-14.


M. Murrell, R.D. Kamm and P.T. Matsudaira,

Substrate Viscosity Enhances Correlation in Epithelial Sheet Motion

Biophysical Journal

Vol 101, Issue 2, pp 297-306.


M. Socolovsky*,M. Murrell*, Y. Liu, R. Pop, E. Porpiglia, A. Levchenko,

Negative Autoregulation by FAS mediates robust erythropoiesis

**Highlighted in the Journal of Cell Biology (`Red Blood Cells have a Killer Touch’, Robinson, R., JCB 179(2): 172 2007).

PLoS Biology

Vol 5, Issue 10, pp 2297-2311.


M. Murrell, K.J. Yarema, A.L. Levchenko,

Computational Modeling in Glycosylation,

Handbook of Carbohydrate Engineering,

Taylor and Francis.


M. Murrell, K.J. Yarema, A.L. Levchenko (2004),

The Systems Biology of Glycosylation

**cover article


Vol 5, Issue 10, pp 1334 - 1347