Integration of Forces and Chemical Signals
Morphogenesis is the basis of innumerable cell functions and thus among the best studied processes in cell biology. We know probably all component processes involved in morphogenesis and the majority of their molecular parts. Missing is a quantitative understanding of how these processes are coordinated. This is the challenge our lab tackles every day with an interdisciplinary approach that welds together molecular cell biology, live cell imaging, signal processing, computer vision, and mathematics. Accordingly, we work as a team with ~20 members, big enough to establish expertise in all these disciplines, yet small enough to synergize by spontaneous self-organization and without a hierarchical overhead.