UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Masazumi Tada

Dr Masazumi Tada

Reader in Developmental and Cellular Biology

Cell & Developmental Biology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2000

Research summary

To shape the embryo requires the coordination of cell behaviour within the same population but also the integration with different cell populations in three dimensions. The zebrafish embryo is a superb model system, allowing us to capture the moment of morphogenetic events in real time at high resolutions, based on sophisticated genetic manipulations. 

Currently, we investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which to regulate the interface of two distinct populations in order to address the following questions. 

1) How do epithelial cells co-ordinate their shape changes and propagate tensile forces across the tissue boundaries in morphogenesis? 

2) How do normal cells detect potentially transformed cells in a simple epithelium and eliminate them from the epithelium at the initiation of carcinogenesis?


University of Tsukuba
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1990
University of Tsukuba
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1986
University of Tsukuba
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1983