Multi-cellular self-organisation


The Hiiragi group studies robustness in development and aims to understand the design principle of self-organising multi-cellular systems. Self-organisation is a defining feature of living systems and entails complex interplay between molecular, cellular and mechanical signals across various spatio-temporal scales. Using early mammalian embryos as a model, the Hiiragi group adopts a variety of methods including genetics, microscopy, biophysics, engineering and modelling, to investigate how self-organised forms and patterns emerge from a spherical mass of cells.


Pubilications Publications

  • Ichikawa, T., Zhang, H. T., Panavaite, L., Erzberger, A., Fabrèges, D., Snajder, R., Wolny, A., Korotkevich, E., Tsuchida-Straeten, N., Hufnagel, L., Kreshuk, A., & Hiiragi, T. (2022). An ex vivo system to study cellular dynamics underlying mouse peri-implantation development. Developmental Cell, 57(3), 373–386.e9.LINKPress release
  • Chan, C. J., Costanzo, M., Ruiz-Herrero, T., Mönke, G., Petrie, R. J., Bergert, M., Diz-Muñoz, A., Mahadevan, L., & Hiiragi, T. (2019). Hydraulic control of mammalian embryo size and cell fate. Nature, 571(7763), 112–116.LINK
  • Korotkevich, E., Niwayama, R., Courtois, A., Friese, S., Berger, N., Buchholz, F., & Hiiragi, T. (2017). The Apical Domain Is Required and Sufficient for the First Lineage Segregation in the Mouse Embryo. Developmental Cell, 40(3), 235–247.e7.LINK



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Positions are available for ambitious predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows
interested in addressing fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology.
Please send your research interest and CV to Takashi Hiiragi.