Collective cell behavior in epithelial homeostasis

Epithelial tissues of the skin, gut or lung form a barrier between the external environment and internal tissues. This exposed position makes epithelia susceptible to injury or cell transformation. My lab investigates how epithelia sense, assess and respond to these perturbations. We utilize approaches from molecular, cell and developmental biology and combine these with the excellent genetic tools and experimental tractability of the Drosophila system to explore these questions in vivo.


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