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Giulia Paci

Throughout animal development, tissues with distinct morphologies and functions have to assume their specific 3D shape under the continuous influence of mechanical forces. These forces can be intrinsic to the tissue (generated locally by the cytoskeleton) or extrinsic and due to an interaction with neighbouring tissues or the environment. Decades of work on different model systems have elucidated the contribution of genetic programs and signalling to morphogenesis; however, the reverse process is not yet well understood. Working jointly between the Baum and Mao labs, and using the Drosophila wing disc as a model system, I aim to reveal how developmental programs respond to and buffer mechanical stresses. 

Research themes


Polarity and cell shape

Signalling pathways

Tissue mechanics 

Light microscopy

Super-resolution microscopy


2018              PhD Molecular Biology / Biophysics, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

2014              MSc Applied Physics, University of Bologna, ItalyName

2012              BSc Physics, University of Bologna, Italy 


2020              EMBO fellowship

2018              Travel Grant - Heidelberg Graduate Academy 

2017              Travel Grant - Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds & MBL Physical Biology of the Cell 

2017              International Travel Award - American Biophysical Society 

2014              Travel stipend - Dresden Center for Systems Biology


2019              Cancer Research UK

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