Mechanobiology in development and disease // EMBO | EMBL Symposium

EMBO | EMBL Symposium "Mechanobiology in development and disease"
EMBO | EMBL Symposium "Mechanobiology in development and disease"

This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery is required for on-site attendance. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for on-site events. 

Symposium Overview

Environmental mechanics impact the behaviour of cells, which in turn modify their surroundings. These bi-directional cell-tissue interactions have important consequences for gene expression, cell fate and function and give rise to transient and permanent tissue modifications. These processes are key for immunity and homeostasis, but also play a role in pathological processes as they are critical for fibrosis, inflammation and cancer metastasis.

This symposium will focus on the interplay of cells with their environment and will bring together clinicians, cell biologists and material scientists interested in mechanobiology at the molecular, cellular and tissue level to approach its role in human physiology and pathology from different perspectives and scales. We will specifically discuss new technological approaches from the field of material sciences that enable the study of mechanobiology in vivo and in vitro, keeping in mind their potential use in a more applied context.

Session Topics

  • Subcellular mechanics
  • Cellular dynamics
  • Tissue organisation
  • Multi-tissue interaction
  • Organismal morphogenesis
  • Mechanobiology towards the clinic