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Webinar: Morphogenesis

Morphogenesis – literally "shape creation" – is responsible for the diversity of biological shapes that make up Darwin’s "endless forms most beautiful and wonderful". In recent years, the combination of cutting edge microscopy and molecular approaches in developmental, cell, and molecular biology have provided an increasingly in-depth view of how organisms (and all of their integral parts) form from a single cell.

In this exciting webinar organized by Cell Press and sponsored by Leica Microsystems, Darren Gilmour, Tatiana Petrova, Olivier Pourquié, and Yoshiki Sasai share their latest insights into the morphogenetic processes that shape the developing embryo and form biological structures. In addition, they’ll discuss the mechanisms controlling cell collective behavior and how our understanding of morphogenesis can be leveraged for regenerative medicine.


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Who should attend?

This web-based seminar is designed for a broad audience. Are you a researcher in the fields of cell or developmental biology? A computational biologist or an engineer interested in applying your skills to a biological problem? Just interested in learning more about how organisms form, grow, and function? This web-based seminar is for you.


Darren Gilmour

EMBL, Germany

Darren Gilmour is a group leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany. His group focuses on the interplay between motility and morphogenesis during collective cell migration, studying how the cells within the zebrafish lateral line simultaneously migrate, grow, divide and differentiate in an intact, living embryo.


Tatiana Petrova

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Tatiana Petrova is a Swiss National Science Foundation professor at the University of Lausanne and Lausanne University Hospital, and an affiliated member of Swiss Institute for Cancer Research at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. Her laboratory focuses on understanding the morphogenesis and remodeling of lymphatic vasculature, with a goal of understanding its role in human diseases, including cancer and lymphedema.


Olivier Pourquié

IGMBC, France

Olivier Pourquié is the director of the IGBMC in Strasbourg. His group currently focuses on the formation and development of the paraxial mesoderm, the tissue that forms the vertebral column and the skeletal muscles. His lab provided the first evidence of the existence of a molecular oscillator – the segmentation clock- associated to the rhythmic of vertebral precursors (the somites) in the embryo.


Yoshiki Sasai


Yoshiki Sasai is a Group Director of Neurogenesis and Organogenesis Group at RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology. His laboratory focuses on the patterning and morphogenetic mechanisms of brain development using Xenopus embryos and mammalian ES cells. His recent interests are centered on the self-regulatory formation of brain and eye structures as well as of gastrula embryonic axes.


Kara Cerveny
Scientific Editor, Cell

Marie Bao

Scientific Editor, Developmental Cell