Super-resolution image of the basal surface of a cellularising Drosophila embryo.

Actin crosslinking plays key role in tissue morphogenesis

New insights into mechanisms behind embryonic…

By Cella Carr


Top view picture of modified and natural invagination in a tissue

Controlling organ growth with light

The De Renzis group investigated invagination, the first step of organ development in…

By Patrick Mueller


Three examples of the tissue shapes the team created. The black and white square, circle and triangle on the left correspond to the cells that were illuminated. On the right, three fruit fly embryos are shown in cyan, magenta and yellow, demonstrating how the illuminated cells folded inwards after the light-activation. IMAGE: Stefano De Renzis, EMBL

Constructing new tissue shapes with light

EMBL researchers guide the shape of cells and tissues with…

By Iris Kruijen


Optogenetics has successfully been used in a diverse range of organisms.

EMBL’s first wetlab e-learning courses go live

EMBL’s training programme launches its first e-learning courses: introductions to optogenetics and…

By Berta Carreño


Giorgia Guglielmi 's PhD project puts development in a new light. PHOTO: EMBL Photolab/Marietta Schupp

Light control

EMBL PhD project puts development in a new…

By Giorgia Guglielmi


When illuminated with a laser, individual cells (bright yellow) within the fruit fly embryo cannot contract. This novel optogenetic approach helped to get insights into how tissues bend.

Lighting up development

Using lasers to shed light on how tissues get into…

By Giorgia Guglielmi


Fight or flight?

EMBL Insight Lecture – Why do we do what we do? – now available to view…

By Adam Gristwood



Cell control in a flash

From using light to control brain activity to illuminating fruit fly development and mice’s sense of…

By Guest author(s)


Illustration: Aad Goudappel, Rotterdam

Five for the future

Scientists from EMBL's five sites reflect on the opportunities and challenges that might lie…

By Adam Gristwood

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