Our lab aims to understand how macromolecules organize in order to react to different forces transmitted to the nucleus in healthy and disease conditions. High-resolution details of such organisation can help us to understand the molecular basis of nuclear remodelling, cell specialisation and of several disease phenotypes linked to aberrant nuclear architecture (ageing, cancer, developmental disorders).
We investigate the process of nuclear remodelling at the molecular level using different model systems: mammalian cells, D. melanogaster, stem cells, human tissues. Our focus is in the nucleus-cytoskeleton coupling and architecture. We work also on in vitro reconstitution of the principal molecular components leading to nuclear reshaping.
Macromolecular “adaptation” in different physiological conditions
We are intrigued of how cells react to external and internal stimuli and we investigate changes in macromolecular conformations (molecular plasticity), protein complex formation and compartment remodelling in vivo upon environmental perturbations, in pathological states or in differentiation pathways.
nucleo-cytoskeleton interaction in fibroblasts