Synthetic embryology





  • 1/1/2021. Happy New Year! Welcome Weronika and Matt, our newest grad students!

  • 12/1/2020. Check out our latest review on the material properties of centrosomes.

  • 9/8/2020. The lab welcomes Malgosia, our newest member!

  • 6/15/2020. Jeff was selected as one of 22 nationwide Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences.

  • 6/8/2020. We welcome Nicole and Jessica to the lab.


We use light to induce flows within a living embryo. This allows us to apply tunable force against centrosomes to study their material properties. In the movie, FLUCS deforms and ruptures a centrosome (green) during anaphase. DNA is magenta.

Mittasch, Tran et al., 2020 Journal of Cell Biology

Eggs can survive in a dormant state for many years. They then reawaken and form a complex organism after fertilization. How does this happen? We use synthetic biology, live-cell imaging, and nano-scale rheology to understand how eggs guard themselves against ageing and faulty cell division.

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