For the research I am working on, I am analyzing the physical behaviors of actin and microtubules when cross-linked in various combinations and ratios. I analyze actin cross-linked to itself interacting with microtubules, microtubules cross-linked to themselves interacting with actin, actin and microtubules cross-linked to each other interacting, and actin and microtubules interacting with each other with no cross-linkers. I analyze how these differing combinations influence the behaviors of the actin and microtubules. The ratio of cross-linker used varies from 0.02 to 0.08.
In my analysis, I utilize FFTs (Fast Fourier Transform) of the microtubules and actin, and I analyze the data graphically and numerically using Excel and the data analysis application KaleidaGraph.