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Prof. Karen Kasza's research utilizes approaches from biology, engineering, and physics to explore how cells self-organize into functional tissues with precise mechanical and structural properties.  A major focus of her work is to uncover fundamental physical and biological mechanisms underlying tissue morphogenesis during in vivo embryonic development and leverage that understanding to build functional tissues in the lab.  Her lab is currently using the fruit fly embryo as a model organism.

2010-2015, postdoctoral fellow, Sloan Kettering Institute

2003-2009, Ph.D. Applied Physics, Harvard University

1999-2003, B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, University of Chicago

karen.kasza AT columbia DOT edu

 

Lab members

Xun Wang, Graduate Student

xun.wang@columbia.edu

Research interests:  cell and tissue mechanics; tissue morphogenesis

 

Marisol Herrera-Perez, Postdoc

rmh2186@columbia.edu

Research interests: mechanical and biochemical cues exerted by the microenvironment on collective cell movements; optogenetic tools to control forces and signals involved in tissue development

 

Patricio Torres, Undergraduate

 

 

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MEVLUDIN ISIC, UNDERGRADUATE

 

 

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MARIEL OGUREK, J and J Scholar UNDERGRAD Summer RESEARCHER

 

 

 

Taya Voronko, J and J Scholar Undergrad Summer Researcher

 

 

 

Previous Lab Members

Huate Li, Masters Student

Alex Brown, Undergraduate