Principal Investigator


Ed Munro
PhD University of Washington

Associate Professor

Postdoctoral Fellows

Hidehiko Hashimoto
PhD Osaka University

I am studying how mechanical forces drive cell shape changes and tissue deformation, how the mechanical forces are spatiotemporally regulated in neural tube closure zippering in simple chordate, ascidian. I love ramen very much, also sports, swimming, basketball, baseball, snowboarding etc...




Seth Donoughe
PhD Harvard University

I study cellular, developmental, and evolutionary biology, with a particular interest in insects. My current work is focused on the delightful diversity of insect egg shapes and unpacking the cellular mechanisms that lead to their formation. I enjoy the intersection of art and science, ping pong, sports, paper crafts, and board games.



Yuji Mizotani
PhD Keio University

I study cellular and developmental biology in ascidians. By using the latest imaging techniques, detailed image analysis and mathematics, I hope to elucidate the simple laws that govern complex tissue deformations during development. Outside of research, I enjoy taking some exercise, going outside and taking pictures.

Graduate Students


Charles Lang
Committee on Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology

I study cell polarity in early C.elegans embryogenesis. Outside of research, I like rock climbing and being outdoors.



Baixue Yao
Cellular and Molecular Biology

I study the spatiotemporal regulation of RhoA activation during pulsed contraction in early C. elegans embryos. I like flowers, gardening and ballroom dancing.


Lab Alumni

Eric Chen
Former Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Current Position: Research Technician at University of Chicago (Yang Li lab)

Younan Li
Former Position: Graduate Student, Development Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology
Current Position: Proud uncle to his newborn nephew

Leah Wallach
Former Position: Post-baccalaureate Research Associate
Current Position: Graduate Student at MIT

Alex Anneken
Former Position: Post-baccalaureate Research Associate
Current Position: Graduate Student at Yale University

Jonathan Michaux
Former Position: Graduate Student, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Current Position: Robotics Graduate Student at University of Michigan

Will McFadden
Former Position: Graduate Student, Biophysics
Current Position: Data Scientist at Color Genomics

Anne Sailer
Former Position: Research Technician
Current Position: Medical Student at Rosiland Franklin University

Francois Robin
Former Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Group Leader at Institut de Biologie Paris-Seine