CMM Seminar Series | Series Dr Yanlan Mao, MRC LMCB, University College London

2 November 2021, 1.00 PM - 2 November 2021, 2.00 PM

Dr Yanlan Mao, MRC LMCB, University College London

C42, Biomedical Sciences Building (with hybrid option to join virtually)

Research Scope

In the Mao lab we are interested in understanding how tissues achieve their correct size, shape and complex three-dimensional architecture, both during normal development, and during regenerative growth.

The genetic and biochemical control of tissue growth and regeneration has been extensively studied over the last century, but it is still unclear how the physical and mechanical properties of cells and tissues contribute to how organs are formed and sculpted. What is clear is that in order to change the three-dimensional architecture of any structure, there must be forces, external and/or internal, acting on the system.

We use an interdisciplinary approach, combining Drosophila genetics, live imaging, automated image analysis, experimental biophysics, engineering and computational modeling, to understand the importance of mechanical forces in controlling tissue growth and regeneration and how these forces in turn influence gene expression and signaling pathways.


Institutional ProfileYanlan Mao | LMCB - MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (


A 'Tea with the Speaker' will follow this seminar, where Pathway 2/PGR staff and students are warmly encouraged to join in an informal discussion with the speaker following their talk. 

Contact information


Host: Professor Anne Ridley 

Dr Yanlan Mao

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