About Us

The process by which a single fertilized cell reproducibly gives rise to a complex organism is a fascinating and important feat that underpins all life. How do complex patterns of differentiated tissues emerge through molecular and cellular interactions? How does this occur over multiple size and time scales? It is increasingly evident that to understand these questions requires the interaction of scientists from multiple disciplines. Established in 2015, we are a group of researchers spanning life sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer sciences.

Group members study a wide-range of problems including:

  • Spatial organisation of single cells and unicellular organisms
  • Developmental programmes controlling stomata and leaf morphogenesis
  • Stem cell function in plants and animals
  • Forming, patterning and remodelling the tubular structures of the mammary gland, vasculature, heart, gut and inner ear
  • Pattern formation in the vertebrate limb during embryogenesis
  • Modelling size control in developing embryos
  • Coordinating cell organisation and polarisation in developing epithelia
  • Patterning of the nervous system