The graduate school Mechanobiology in Epithelial 3D Tissue Constructs (MEƎT).
The observation that mechanics determine cellular processes as diverse as organ formation, inflammation and carcinogenesis or even embryo implantation has been the nucleating idea of the DFG-funded graduate school MEƎT. Its research aims to elucidate mechanical feedback cycles that determine the function and self-organization of cells and tissues in space and time. MEƎT brings together a multidisciplinary team including experts in biophysics, stem cell and molecular biology, material science, bioengineering and medicine. The common scientific focus is on the mechanobiology of surface-lining epithelia such as the skin which is exposed to extreme mechanical strain. It is our goal to use the gained knowledge for improved tissue engineering and treating human diseases.