About us

Overview

Mechanosensation is one of our essential sensory modalities. Mechanosensory systems are responsible for detecting cutaneous mechanosensation, visceral mechanonociception,  hearing and balance. Our research interests are focused on understanding the fundamental principles that govern the assembly, homeostasis and regeneration of mechanosensory epithelia and their associated neuronal circuits. Our methods are grounded in the traditions of genetics and cell biology, high-resolution live microscopy, biological physics and animal behaviour. We primarily employ the zebrafish as experimental system, although we also use cultured mammalian cells and organoids as complements.

Our studies relate to what we call functional tissue architecture, or how the organisation of a tissue underlies organ function. We believe that shedding light on this fundamental question is important because it shall let us understand how sensory organs have evolved, how they work, and also how structural changes associated to diseases impact on their function. 

We have always encouraged the most original and creative research, and believe in the essential need of an integrative approach to biology and medicine. Our interdisciplinary team is formed by scientists with diverse backgrounds, from geneticists and cell biologists, to physicist and computational biologists.