Stem cells in motion: Analysis of embryonic cell-to-tissue morphogenesis


Using stem cells to regenerate tissues requires that we know how tissues are built up in normal development. We have previously shown that tissue growth – specifically elongation – involves not just proliferation but also cell shape change and rearrangement. To understand these processes better, this project is to analyse the self-organisation of cell aggregates both in vivo and in silico. This is a form of synthetic biology at the cellular level.


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Biological Areas:

Cell Biology


Genes, development and STEM approaches to biology