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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering
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Contact information for Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
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Mail Code: 139-74
Office: 222 Beckman Institute
Phone: 626-395-2759
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M.Sc., University of Warsaw, 1988; Ph.D, 1993; Visiting Associate, Caltech, 2018-19; Bren Professor, 2019-.

Research Interests

Developmental plasticity, cell fate specification and morphogenesis in the mouse and human embryo


In our group we investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the specification of cell lineages and patterning. The mouse embryo is our major model system because this allows us to combine cell biological and molecular genetic approaches with live embryo imaging to study development in a system that is close to our own, human development.