Biophysics of Embryonic Development, Regeneration and Asexual
Reproduction.My lab is interested in the physical properties of biological
materials and how these properties influence processes such as regeneration,
wound healing, asexual reproduction in metazoans - and embryonic development.
These biological processes pose an interesting problem for biophysicists, since
the complex cell rearrangements and tissue dynamics they invlove have to be
robust against environmental changes, suggesting that generic physical
mechanisms play an important role.
In order to understand the complexity
of tissue structure and dynamics, we address this problem on multiple length
scales: From the underlying molecular machinery to the physical properties of
the cytoskeleton and the cell membrane that determine the structure and
migratory behavior of individual cells, to the mechanisms of the adhesion
machinery that governs cell-cell-interaction in the tissue, up to the physical
properties of multicellular aggregates, tissues and whole organisms.
combine tools from physics, material science, genetics and molecular biology to
gain a better understanding of the forces driving cell movement and tissue
formation during embryogenesis in zebrafish and planarians (flatworms), as well
as during wound healing and regeneration in planarians and hydras.
Princeton, NJ 08544
Our workshop summary on nightscience is now published in
the ICASE May newsletter.Newsletter_0512
Dawn and Mark are joining the lab this summer.
Eva-Maria talked at The Future of
Biophysics Burroughs Wellcome Fund Symposium at the Biophysical Society meeting in San Diego. More info here: Program .
January 5, 2012: Eva-Maria received the Martin
and Beate Block award in Aspen.
The registration for the 2012 Hands-On Research
in Complex Systems School in Shanghai is now OPEN, see flyer .
Eva-Maria received the Burroughs Wellcome CASI
award . For more information see the BWF website .
Sofi's paper appeared in the J. Stat. Phys. 142, 1324-1336 (2011)
Jared's paper appeared online in the Journal of Experimental Biology. 2011 Apr
Our article on population dynamics has been selected for
inclusion in IOP select.
Eva-Maria and Sofia are trying to raise 16,000 US$ for a science camp for girls in Buea, Cameroon, for May 2012. Click HERE for more info!
Upcoming Meetings and
Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA
February 24-29, 2012