Research InterestsMorphogenesis and Developmental Biomechanics
Research AreaCells and tissues are shaped by mechanical forces early during development to produce the basic body plan and establish functional organs. Our group combines experimental and theoretical approaches to reverse-engineer these mechanical inherently mechanical processes. Our experimental methods include classical embryological, modern cell biological ones combined with new synthetic systems biology methods.
Current MembersDavidson, Lance A. (Principal Investigator/Director)
Additional InformationProjects: Cytoskeletal control and physical mechanics of convergent extension and axis elongation. Cell and tissue mechanics of mesenchymal sheet migration, spreading, and engulfment. Molecular and mechanical mechanisms that control cell contraction. The regulation of cell polarity and tissue movements that shape the heart forming region.
ContactInstitution: University of Pittsburgh Address:
Swanson School of Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
Web Page: www.engr2.pitt.edu/ldavidson/