Gurdon Institute/ Darwin College
Mechanobiology, mechanical force, embryonic development, cell migration
I am a current Herchel Smith/ EMBO Postdoctoral fellow at the Gurdon Institute working in the team of Dr. Fegnzhu Xiong since April 2022. I am interested in understanding how mechanical forces and external environment impact early embryonic development.
After finishing an undergraduate and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National University of Singapore, I moved to Paris to pursue an interdisciplinary PhD in the field of mechanobiology at the Institut Jacques Monod under the supervision of Dr. Benoit Ladoux and Dr. Rene-Marc Mege. During my PhD I tried to model epithelial systems as nematic liquid crystals thereby uncovering new mechanisms for cell sorting, and cell delamination. In my current work at the Gurdon Institute, I am interested in understanding how physical forces and the surrounding environment contribute to avian morphogenesis. This is an interdisciplinary approach combining force mapping using engineering tools, and biological perturbations to study how forces translate to morphogenetic changes during avian development. I am also a current research fellow at Darwin College since October 2022.