Developmental Morphogenesis Laboratory
We are the Developmental Morphogenesis Lab in Crete studying the origin of biological form during animal development and evolution. Our research aims to understand the molecular, cellular and biophysical mechanisms that sculpt different tissue shapes and sizes to suit the lifestyle of the organisms. To achieve this goal, we are focusing on genetically and optically tractable arthropod species that satisfy a number of appealing biological and technical requirements. We combine advanced microscopy and image analysis pipelines with genetic and mechanical perturbations to reconstruct and analyse intact developing embryos from a bottom-up cellular perspective, and to understand how the genomic information is translated into morphogenetic cellular activities like patterned cell proliferation, change of shape and movement.