CBE/ENGR 225 Seminar Presents: Zev Gartner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 4pm in ESB #2001

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

ESB, Room 2001

4 - 5pm

*Light refreshments will be provided* 

Zev Gartner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

Host: Adele Doyle, Ph.D. 

Building Tissues to Understand How Tissues Build Themselves

Tissue structure - or the composition and physical arrangement of cells, extracellular matrix, and diffusible molecules - helps to coordinate cellular behaviors by organizing the flow of chemical, mechanical, and electrical information between cells. Thus, building tissue structure correctly and maintaining tissue structure over time are prerequisites for engineering functional organs and stopping the progression of diseases like cancer. 

We are interested in three general questions about how tissue structure forms and functions:


How does tissue structure form through the process of self-organization? 


How does tissue structure help cells to arrive at collective decisions and to organize collective behaviors? 


How does tissue structure breakdown during the progression of diseases like cancer? 

 To answer these questions we take a synthetic approach, building human tissues from the bottom-up. This approach allows us to measure and perturb the molecular and physical properties of individual cells, reconstitute them into living tissue, then observe their interactions to reveal the underlying "rules" guiding their collective behaviors. We focus primarily on the cells and tissues of the human breast, and our work incorporates experimental principles from the chemical, biological, and engineering