We are interested in how the interactions between cells and their physical environment direct cell-fate decision making. The biological systems that we study are (by increasing length scale and complexity):

  • The Cell Nucleus – where genes are regulated
  • Stem Cell Differentiation and Epigenetic Reprogramming
  • Pre-Implantation Embryogenic Development
  • Muscle functions in Myotonic Dystrophy

We design state-of-the-art experimental systems to control 2D/3D matrix elasticity, applied stretch and contraction forces, and pressure to mimic the physiological stimuli that cells are subjected to. Our lab is highly interdisciplinary and integrates Cell & Molecular Biology with Physics, Bioengineering and Computer Science.

Positions available

Now recruiting Excellent students and postdocs who wish join an interdisciplinary research group with strong backgrounds in Life Sciences, Physics and Engineering. We look for team players who can appreciate the bigger picture.



03-march-2014 lab inauguration party

01-feb-2014 Human Embryo Team is ON!