Cell and Developmental Biology
We aim at understanding the basic molecular mechanisms and principles that underlie the sophisticated organization and behavior of cells, the units of life. The nucleus occupies a central role in processing cell information and several groups focus on regulation of gene expression. We are also interested on cell-environment interactions, from the physical properties of biomembranes to cell migration. In order to understand how cells work together to make functional tissues and organisms we study how signaling pathways control embryonic axis specification, cell fate determination and tissue homeostasis. We also have a strong interest on how cell malfunction can lead to diseases such as cancer.