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Roberto Mayor

Position

Professor, Reader

Research Description

The primary aim of our research group is to elucidate the mechanism that underlies the development of the Neural Crest. We would like to know how Neural Crest cells acquire their identity within the ectoderm and how their migration and differentiation is controlled.

Cell migration is essential for normal development and homeostasis, such as wound healing and immune response, and it is also involved in several pathologies such as fibrosis and cancer invasion during metastasis.  One of the most migratory cells during embryo development is the neural crest, which contribute to the formation of many tissues and organs. 

The primary aim of our research group is to elucidate the mechanism that underlies the development of the Neural Crest. We would like to know how Neural Crest cells acquire their identity within the ectoderm and how their migration and differentiation is controlled.

We have found that neural crest cells response to a combination of chemical and mechanical cues that control thier behaviour. In order to analyse cell behaviour of neural crest cells we use a multidisciplinary approach, where we combine genetics and molecular biology together with cell biology and biomechanics. We also use computational modelling to simulate neural crest behaviour and experimentally test the prediction of our models. Our final gaol is to understand how cells differentiation and migration is controlled by the integration of a multitude of different stimulus.

Lab Memberships

Mayor Lab (Principal Investigator/Director)


Contact

Address:
Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology
University College London
Gower street
London
WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

Email: r.mayor@ucl.ac.uk

Web Page: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/people/roberto-mayor

Phone:  (+44-20) 7679 3323 ext. 33323
Fax:  (+44-20) 7679 7349