Professor Ozcan’s Group Discovered a New Motion Type for Human and Horse Sperm Cells
The Ozcan Research Group's recent application of the lens-free holomic microscopy shows that human and horse sperm cells move in chiral ribbon patterns. The team observed two types of distinct patterns: "a helical ribbon path much like the stripes the wrap around a barber's pole and the second is a complex twisted ribbon pattern in which their bodies seem to follow the surface of a corkscrew".
This research finding could bring about a better comprehension on the nature of sperm cell movement and its relation to example fertilization. The authors of the research are: Dr. Ting-Wei Su and Associate Professor Ozcan with co-authors: Dr. Euan McLeod and undergraduate researchers Kalvin Huang, Inkyum Choi and Jaiwen Feng.
The study is published in Nature Scientific Reports and reported in the UCLA Newsroom.