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Dr Medhavi Vishwakarma

PhD, MSc, BSc

  • BS8 1TD


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Research interests

Cooperation and conflict management in epithelium

Cells reside within our body as structured communities governed by rules enforcing cooperative behaviour in order to regulate functionality of organs. Mutations often give rise to corrupted individuals and bring conflict in cellular society wherein mutated cells compete with healthy cells for space and survival- a phenomena known as cell competition, in which winners survive and thrive at the expense of losers. Undoubtedly who wins this competition drive overall health of the organ and can also lead to pathological situations.

I am interested in understanding cooperation and conflict management in epithelial cell communities. Cells within an epithelium are connected with their neighbours with active interactions and often use mechanical signals to communicate. I am studying how cells utilize mechano-transduction to cooperate and also to compete with their neighbours in order to maintain a healthy tissue status.

External positions

Investigator, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Guest Scientist , Max-Planck Institute for Medical Research

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Research Output

  • 4 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Letter (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Review article (Academic Journal)

Mechanobiology of leader–follower dynamics in epithelial cell migration

Vishwakarma, M., Spatz, J. & Das, T., 11 Jul 2020, In : Current Opinion in Cell Biology. 66, p. 97-103 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Outcompeting cancer

Vishwakarma, M. & Piddini, E., 13 Jan 2020, In : Nature Reviews Cancer.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article (Academic Journal)

  • Why does epithelia display heterogeneity? Bridging physical and biological concepts

    Vishwakarma, M. & Di Russo, J., 1 Oct 2019, In : Biophysical Reviews. 11, p. 683-687 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    16 Downloads (Pure)