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Ewa K. Paluch

University of Cambridge, Cambridge | United Kingdom

EMBO 2018

Biophysics of cell shape

My group investigates how animal cells control their shape. As shape is inherently controlled by mechanical forces, we combine biology with physics to explore how cells regulate their mechanical properties, which in turn determine shape. We particularly focus on the biomechanical basis of cell division and migration. We aim to understand cell shape control across scales, from nanoscale molecular processes to cell-scale mechanics.

Keywords: Cell shape / actin / actomyosin cortex / cell mechanics / cell migration / cell division

Subject area(s): Cell & Tissue Architecture | Membranes & Transport | Structural Biology & Biophysics