Institute for Physics of Living Systems


Prof. Ewa Paluch


Short CV

Ewa studied Physics and Mathematics at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. After a Masters in Biophysics, she did her PhD (2001-2005) at the Curie Institute in Paris, investigating actin networks mechanics in vitro and in cells. In 2006, she started her own Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, as a joint appointment with the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw. She was appointed Professor of Cell Biophysics and MRC programme leader at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, in January 2013. Since 2014, she has also been the head of the Institute for the Physics of Living Systems (IPLS).

Research Interests

Ewa’s laboratory investigates the principles underlying cellular morphogenesis. Since cell shape is ultimately defined by cellular mechanical properties and by the cell’s physical interactions with its environment, biophysical approaches are essential to understand cell shape control. The lab combines cell biology, biophysics and quantitative imaging, and works in close collaboration with theoretical physicists, to investigate cell shape regulation. 

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