Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Reader in Development Bio-mechanochemical Signalling



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Julien Vermot leads the biomechanics and signaling lab focusing on the understanding on the impact of mechanical stresses during morphogenetic and regenerative processes.

Julien Vermot obtained his PhD in developmental biology from the University of Strasbourg in 2003, where he worked on the role of retinoic acid during embryonic development. He then worked as a visiting scientist the Stowers Institute for Biomedical Research in Kansas City, USA, followed by a post-doctoral position at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena where he developed new tools to study the role of mechanical forces during development. He was Research Director at the French INSERM before joining the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2019.

For his research, he has won numerous prizes, including selection for the EMBO Young Investigator program (YIP), the Career Development Award from the HFSP and the ERC Consolidator Grant. 



Vignes H, Vagena-Pantoula C, Vermot J, 2022, Mechanical control of tissue shape: Cell-extrinsic and -intrinsic mechanisms join forces to regulate morphogenesis, Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, Vol:130, ISSN:1084-9521, Pages:45-55

Duchemin A-L, Vignes H, Vermot J, 2019, Mechanically activated piezo channels modulate outflow tract valve development through the Yap1 and Klf2-Notch signaling axis, Elife, Vol:8, ISSN:2050-084X, Pages:1-27

Duchemin A-L, Vignes H, Vermot J, et al., 2019, Mechanotransduction in cardiovascular morphogenesis and tissue engineering, Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, Vol:57, ISSN:0959-437X, Pages:106-116

Andres-Delgado L, Ernst A, Galardi-Castilla M, et al., 2019, Actin dynamics and the Bmp pathway drive apical extrusion of proepicardial cells, Development, Vol:146, ISSN:0950-1991

Ferreira RR, Fukui H, Chow R, et al., 2019, The cilium as a force sensor-myth versus reality, Journal of Cell Science, Vol:132, ISSN:0021-9533

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