Tomer Stern, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics


School of Dentistry, Room 5211
1011 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


(734) 764-8042

Primary Website

Stern Lab


  • Ph.D., Computational Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 2009-2015
  • M.Sc., Computational Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 2007-2009
  • B.Sc., Computer Science and Bioinformatics, The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, 2004-2007

Research Interests

Computational developmental biology, studying mouse skeleton and fly embryo morphogenesis

Research Areas:

Biomechanics, Biomedical Computation and Modeling, Biomedical Imaging, Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics, Organ and Whole Body Biomechanics


My lab’s primary objective is to decipher how molecular signals orchestrate spatiotemporal cell activity, driving tissue morphogenesis during normal and pathological development. We employ two model systems to achieve this goal. First, we use the early fruit fly embryo, Drosophila Melanogaster, to investigate the role of cell divisions in early organ morphogenesis. Secondly, our research focuses on developmental cartilage in a mouse model, aiming to elucidate how molecular and mechanical signals coordinate chondrocyte activity spatiotemporally and how these activities drive changes in 3D cartilage morphology in normal development and human genetic skeletal disorders.


  • 2017 EMBO long-term fellowship (215-2017).
  • 2009 Otto Schwartz prize for academic excellence.
  • 2007 The Hammer Excellence Scholarship of the Israeli Council for Higher Education.
  • 2005 – 2007 The MTA Excellence Scholarship for B.Sc. studies in Bioinformatics (three years in a row).
  • 2006 Certificate of distinction from the Emma and Oskar Getz program at the Weizmann Institute of Science.