- Congratulations to Dan for Being Promoted to Assistant Research Professor in Cell Biology Department! December 19, 2022
- Congratulations to Carina Block for her recent publication in Cell Reports! August 8, 2022
- Congratulations to Dan for his Review in Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology! March 21, 2022
- Welcome to the Bagnat Lab, Latanya Coke! March 21, 2022
- We would like to welcome Parsa to the Bagnat lab! February 3, 2022
Cellular and physiologic mechanisms controlling morphogenesis
Our laboratory is interested in studying how basic cellular processes define the shape and size of complex multicellular structures such as organs. Fluid movement into enclosed lumenal or intracellular spaces creates hydrostatic pressure that can serve as a driving force for organogenesis and long range morphogenetic events such as axis elongation.
Our major focus is to study how biological tubes are assembled and to understand the role hydrostatic pressure plays as a developmental force.
Using zebrafish we investigate:
1) Regulation of fluid secretion and the role of fluid pressure in organogenesis.
2) Role of Lysosome Rich Enterocytes (LREs) in protein absorption and physiology.
3) The biogenesis and function of fluid-filled vacuoles in the notochord during embryogenesis and spine morphogenesis.
4) Cellular mechanisms controlling epithelial polarization and lumen formation in the gut tube.