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School of the Biological Sciences



Group Leader, Gurdon Institute and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Fengzhu Xiong studies the ways in which developing tissues produce and respond to mechanical forces in order to achieve the correct shape and pattern. This knowledge is useful for understanding complex birth defects and engineering stem or reprogrammed cells into tissues, as well as interpreting the changes in diseased tissues such as tumours. Learn more


Research Areas

Biological shape and form
Early embryo
Cellular basis of tissue forces
Genetic and biochemical control of tissue rheology                            


Live imaging and quantitative analysis                   
Tissue force microscopy
Mathematical modeling
Molecular genetics

Areas for Collaboration

Precision measurement engineering                     
Soft matter physics
Organoid models                                 

Research Theme