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Ricardo Barrientos

I am looking at tissue mechanics, specifically folding of the Drosophila Melanogaster wing disc during development. Drosophila is a useful model system for the study of morphogenesis due to the development of a sophisticated genetic control system to investigate the role of key structural proteins. The wing disc itself exhibits a unique folding pattern. These folds emerge during development, possibly due to physical interaction of layers in the tissue, including squamous and columnar epithelia, and extra-cellular matrices. I will be taking a biophysical approach, combining both experimental and theoretical techniques to attempt to unravel the mechanical contributions to folding from the different layers of the wing disc.

Research themes


Polarity and cell shape

Signalling pathways

Tissue mechanics 

Light microscopy

Super-resolution microscopy


2020             PhD at UCL

2014              MSc & BSc in Physics, Leeds University

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