Prof. Guillermina Ramirez-San-Juan

I earned my PhD in Biophysics under the supervision of Margaret Gardel at the University of Chicago. My work in the Gardel lab focused on understanding how cell migration is guided by the geometry of the extra-cellular environment. Additionally, during my doctoral studies I collaborated closely with the Horne-Badovinac lab to investigate the role of cytoskeletal patterning in organ morphogenesis.

The experience of collaborating across different fields inspired me to become a joint postdoctoral researcher with Wallace Marshall at the University of California, San Francisco and Manu Prakash at Stanford University. There I became interested in combining tools from cell biology and fluid mechanics to study flow generation by ciliary arrays.

I have always been fascinated by the diversity of patterns observed in biological systems, whether they exist at the subcellular, cellular, tissue or organism scales.

When I’m not in the lab I am in the kitchen experimenting with new protocols a.k.a recipes or running by the nearest lake.

To learn more about my scientific journey you can watch my Living story.