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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055
My lab is interested generally in the questions of how molecules and cells self-organize during early embryo development of zebrafish and Xenopus, with a current focus on processes driven by biological clocks including cell cycles and a developmental clock called segmentation clock. We use both cell-free synthetic cells and live embryos, and employ interdisciplinary approaches (modeling, molecular biology tools, fluorescence microscopy, microfluidics, biomechanics, etc.) for a quantitative understanding of these complex processes over a range of scales (at the molecule, cellular, and tissue levels). These will help us pin down the physical mechanisms underlying the collective spatiotemporal patterns arising from interactive networks of cells and molecules. For more information, please check our website: http://www.umich.edu/~qiongy