I hold a PhD in biotechnology and bioengineering, and have expertise in stem cell biology, mouse developmental biology, and endoderm developmental biology. I have also experience in synthetic embryology and bioengineering. My main academic interests reside in endoderm and gut tube development, as well as mechanobiology and mechanical inputs to development.
Currently, I am studying the mechanisms of intestinal metamorphosis during clownfish post-embryonic development. I am an advocate for intersectional open science, preprints, equitable publishing, and knowledge equity. Aside from my work, I am interested in data communication and visual storytelling in developmental biology.
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📑 Read more about my research in my most recent preprint and in my doctorate thesis. Or click here for a summary of my research in more accessible terms.
In humans, mice, and other mammals key internal organs such as the gut, lungs, pancreas, liver, thyroid, thymus, and bladder (and many others!) all derive from the same embryonic tissue: the endoderm. The development of all of these structures thus depends on a same set of early cells, and on the developmental instructions provided to them by the embryo. To study what these instructions might be, I am currently investigating the modes of development that endoderm cells (and their progenitors) execute when they can not rely on them. That is, when they are made to self-organise in vitro in a dish in the lab. Even on their own, endoderm cells emerge with timings and patterns comparable to what happens when they are on the embryo, and eventually form patterned structures in many way similar to the embryonic gut tube. My research touches on topics of endoderm and epithelial identity, self-organisation, patterning, and fundamental mammalian developmental biology.
I have been a volunteer contributor for preLights with Paul Gerald Layague Sanchez, my boyfriend, and I am a signatory of DORA. I currently curate a list of Global South-authored preprints on the eLife platform Sciety.