Current Research
Understanding and Engineering Multicellular Behaviors

Allyson Sgro investigates how cells coordinate their behaviors and make group decisions. Sgro and her team are interested in identifying common principles cells use to encode information about their environments and about other cells to accomplish complex tasks together, such as locating one another or repairing damaged tissues. To tackle this, the team takes a joint theory-experiment approach to understanding how cells in tissues coordinate to repair tissue after injury and how microbes work together to build a structure when they have run out of food. By identifying and understanding how these types of processes are coordinated, it may be possible to manipulate them to benefit human health.

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