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Dr Andrea Dimitracopoulos

Dr Andrea  Dimitracopoulos

Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 339853

Research Interests

Andrea Dimitracopoulos' research is focused on the role of the physical properties of neurons and their environment on axon formation during neuronal development.

After training as a Biomedical Engineer at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Andrea started his PhD in Theoretical Physics and Cell Biology at University College London, on the CoMPLEX programme. Under the supervision of Buzz Baum, Tom Duke, and Thomas Surrey, he studied the role of the physical properties of the cell (such as geometry and stiffness) in the context of cancer cell division. Andrea is now following his passion for research at the interface between physical and life sciences in the Franze Lab at the University of Cambridge, where he is studying the role of the physical properties of neurons and their environment on axon formation during neuronal development. Outside the lab, Andrea enjoys coming up with new cooking recipes, playing and designing video games, and spending time with people close to him.

Collaborators

Kristian Franze

Key Publications

A Dimitracopoulos, M. Lam, B. Baum, (2016), Oriented Division: Using T-junctions to Determine Direction, Current Biology,  DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.046

TPJ Wyatt, AR Harris, M Lam, Q Chenge, J Bellis, A Dimitracopoulos, AJ Kabla, GT Charras, B Baum, (2015), Emergence of homeostatic epithelial packing and stress dissipation through divisions oriented along the long cell axis, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420585112

OM Lancaster, M Le Berre, A Dimitracopoulos, D Bonazzi, E Zlotek-Zlotkiewicz, R Picone, T Duke, M Piel, B Baum, (2013), Mitotic rounding alters cell geometry to ensure efficient spindle assembly, Developmental Cell, 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2013.03.014