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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

Mechanobiology in development and disease


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Symposium Overview

Environmental mechanics impact the behaviour of cells, which in turn modify their surroundings. These bi-directional cell-tissue interactions have important consequences for gene expression, cell fate and function and give rise to transient and permanent tissue modifications. These processes are key for immunity and homeostasis, but also play a role in pathological processes as they are critical for fibrosis, inflammation and cancer metastasis.

This symposium will focus on the interplay of cells with their environment and will bring together clinicians, cell biologists and material scientists interested in mechanobiology at the molecular, cellular and tissue level to approach its role in human physiology and pathology from different perspectives and scales. We will specifically discuss new technological approaches from the field of material sciences that enable the study of mechanobiology in vivo and in vitro, keeping in mind their potential use in a more applied context.

Session Topics

  • Subcellular mechanics
  • Cellular dynamics
  • Tissue organisation
  • Multi-tissue interaction
  • Organismal morphogenesis
  • Mechanobiology towards the clinic


Keynote Speakers


Jochen Guck

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light


Rong Li

National University of Singapore


Ewa Paluch

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology


Pavel Tomancak

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics


Scientific Organisers

Prisca Liberali

Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research


Conference Organiser

Nathalie Sneider

EMBL Heidelberg



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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.

Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.

All symposia are held in the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) in Heidelberg, Germany, or virtually.

Date: 15 - 18 May 2022

Location: EMBL Heidelberg


  • Alba Diz-Muñoz
    EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    • Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
      Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
      • Prisca Liberali
        Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland

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