The central aim of the Pichaud lab is to characterize the genetic, cellular and molecular bases of cell morphogenesis and polarity during development.
Polarity underpins the function of many cell types, developmental processes and organs. The polarized specialization of the cell cortex and plasma membrane enables epithelial cells to form sheets during organogenesis, neural circuit formation and asymmetric cell division as well as directed cell migration.
Elucidating how cell polarity arises, is maintained or remodeled during development is a major step toward understanding organogenesis, and a wide range of congenital disorders and pathologies such as cancer and neurodevelopmental diseases.
Walther RF, et al (2016). Pak4 Is Required during Epithelial Polarity Remodeling through Regulating AJ Stability and Bazooka Retention at the ZA. CELL REPORTS, 15 (1), 45-53. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2016.03.014
Fichelson P, et al (2012). Orthodenticle and Kruppel homolog 1 regulate Drosophila photoreceptor maturation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109 (20), 7893-7898. doi:10.1073/pnas.1120276109
Richardson EC & Pichaud F (2010). Crumbs is required to achieve proper organ size control during Drosophila head development. Development, 137 (4), 641-650. doi:10.1242/dev.041913
Walther RF & Pichaud F (2010). Crumbs/DaPKC-dependent apical exclusion of Bazooka promotes photoreceptor polarity remodeling. Curr Biol, 20 (12), 1065-1074. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.04.049
Corrigall D, et al (2007). Hedgehog signaling is a principal inducer of Myosin-II-driven cell ingression in Drosophila epithelia. Developmental Cell, 13 (5), 730-742. doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2007.09.015
Pinal N, et al (2006). Regulated and polarized PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 accumulation is essential for apical membrane morphogenesis in photoreceptor epithelial cells. Curr Biol, 16 (2), 140-149. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.11.068
About the lab
Cytoskeleton and cell cortex, Polarity and cell shape, Cell-cell interactions, Membrane trafficking
Light microscopy, Translational research, Bioinformatics, Super-resolution microscopy, Electron microscopy
Rhian Walther (Investigator Scientist)
Chiara Mencarelli (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Kate Massey (PhD Student)