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Movements represent a key property of live cells. The central focus of this laboratory is to understand the mechanisms involved in driving and regulating cellular and intracellular movements particularly adherent cell migration and cell division. Live cells are studied from an engineering point of view - instead of focusing on a few molecular components, the research seeks to understand how complex molecular interactions give rise to dynamic functions. Current studies are focused on the physiological roles of mechanical and topographical parameters such as forces, rigidity, shapes, and surface features. The fundamental knowledge is expected to have far-reaching impacts on multiple clinical and biomedical engineering applications.