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Shvartsman to Lead International Research Team on Epithelial Patterning and Morphogenesis

Stanislav Shvartsman, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received a three-year Program Research Grant from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), on “Multiscale Mechanisms of Epithelial Patterning and Morphogenesis: Theory and Experiments”. The grant will support experimental and computational studies of “epithelial origami”, a process by which two-dimensional sheets of cells are folded into complex three-dimensional structures of tissues and organs.

Shvartman’s project team includes Basile Audoly, an expert on nonlinear mechanics and computer graphics at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France); Christian Dahmann, a cell biologist at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (Dresden, Germany); and Len Pismen, and pattern formation expert at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel). HFSP, an international non-governmental non-profit association headquartered in France, provides research grants for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise to approach questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Emphasis is placed on novel collaborations that bring together scientists from different disciplines to focus on problems in the life sciences.