Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences




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My background is in theoretical physics and developmental biology. If I had to pick a generic label for my main research interest, that would be quantitative developmental biology.

I am broadly interested in physical and genetic mechanisms generating “growth and form” in multicellular systems, especially through the establishment and maintenance of spatio-temporal patterns within a field of interacting cells.

I believe that plants offer many experimental advantages that make them attractive model systems to address fundamental questions on multi-cellular organization. 

Arabidopsis thaliana is the model system of choice in my lab, and the preferred approach is a combination of genetics, quantitative imaging and mathematical modeling

In essence, I view organisms' development as a process of self-organization and morphogenesis as one of its emergent properties.




  • Lecturer (2012 – present), Imperial College London, London, U.K.
  • Post-doctoral Research Assistant (2005 - 2011), K. Birnbaum lab, New York University, New York, U.S.A.
  • Visiting Fellow (2005 - 2011), S. Leibler lab, The Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (2003 - 2005), S. Leibler labThe Rockefeller University, New York, U.S.A.
  • Research Assistant, volunteer (1996 - 1997), M. D'Incalci lab, Istituto Mario Negri, Milan, Italy.


  • Ph.D., Biology (2003). Developmental Genetics. P. Benfey lab, New York University, New York, U.S.A. 
  • M.Res., Biology (1999), with distinction. P. Benfey lab, New York University, New York, U.S.A. 
  • B.Sc. / M.Phys., Physics (1995, Laurea - vecchio ordinamento), 110/110 with honour. Theoretical physics. L. Girardello, Università degli Studi, Milan, Italy. 



Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Kral N, Hanna Ougolnikova A, Sena G, 2016, Externally imposed electric field enhances plant root tip regeneration., Regeneration (oxf), Vol:3, ISSN:2052-4412, Pages:156-167

Sena G, Frentz Z, Birnbaum KD, et al., 2011, Quantitation of Cellular Dynamics in Growing Arabidopsis Roots with Light Sheet Microscopy, PLOS One, Vol:6, ISSN:1932-6203

Sena G, Wang X, Liu H-Y, et al., 2009, Organ regeneration does not require a functional stem cell niche in plants, Nature, Vol:457, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:1150-U110

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