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Dr Masazumi Tada
Rm 105, Anatomy building
Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, UCL
Gower Street
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  • Reader in Developmental and Cellular Biology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences
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Research Summary

To shape the embryo requires the coordination of cell behaviour within the same population but also the integration with different cell populations in three dimensions. The zebrafish embryo is a superb model system, allowing us to capture the moment of morphogenetic events in real time at high resolutions, based on sophisticated genetic manipulations. 

Currently, we investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which to regulate the interface of two distinct populations in order to address the following questions. 

1) How do epithelial cells co-ordinate their shape changes and propagate tensile forces across the tissue boundaries in morphogenesis? 

2) How do normal cells detect potentially transformed cells in a simple epithelium and eliminate them from the epithelium at the initiation of carcinogenesis?

Academic Background
1990   Doctor of Philosophy University of Tsukuba
1986   Master of Science University of Tsukuba
1983   Bachelor of Science University of Tsukuba
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