The Dawson lab uses quantitative biophysical tools to probe cell mechanical response to chemical and mechanical cues that mediate cellular interactions in tissues. This fundamental biophysical information is combined with transcriptional analysis and molecular inhibition to characterize cell-signaling pathways important in normal and pathological tissue development.

Research areas include: (1) cell mechanics, (2) cell motility, (3) cancer biology, (4) stem cell biology, and (5) regenerative medicine, including the development of tissue engineering scaffolds from natural biomaterials and genetically-engineered cell-based therapies.

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