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This is an exciting time to be studying organismal development. In spite of the progress in molecular biology built up over the last 3 decades, we are still searching for the mechanisms that couple the chemical and physical forms of organism. A misshaped hand, even with the right proportions of different cell types, wouldn't be of much use in gripping a cup of coffee. What are the collective cellular and tissue level mechanisms that generate the complex multicellular patterns of cellular differentiation and morphology in organisms? Recent advance in live fluorescent imaging provide us with a dynamic and spatially resolved view of organismal development, and what is needed now is the development of mathematical tools and models that can help ushering in a new, and physical, understanding of organismal biology.

In close collaboration with experimental labs around the world, my group develops quantitative image-analysis tools and mathematical models that guide the construction of inverse modeling schemes to make new and better measurements of live imaging data. When required, forward mathematical models are constructed to make sense of emergent phenomena, and more importantly, to generate predictions and hypotheses that guide future experimentation.

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mathematics, PhD, Harvard University


Engineering Sciences, SM, Harvard University


Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (Part 3), Masters of Advanced Studies, University of Cambridge


Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, MA, University of Cambridge


Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, BA, University of Cambridge


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splashing Physics & Astronomy
Cadherins Medicine & Life Sciences
solid surfaces Physics & Astronomy
liquids Physics & Astronomy
impact velocity Physics & Astronomy
Morphogenesis Medicine & Life Sciences
Fats Medicine & Life Sciences
Drosophila Medicine & Life Sciences

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Grants 2016 2023

growth and development
Biological Sciences
mathematical models
fruit flies
growth and development
Biological Sciences
mathematical models
fruit flies
Environmental engineering
Biomedical engineering
Mechanical engineering
Civil engineering
Numerical methods
image analysis

Research Output 2009 2019

  • 669 Citations
  • 15 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate

A Jump-Distance-Based Parameter Inference Scheme for Particulate Trajectories

Menssen, R. & Mani, M., Jul 9 2019, In : Biophysical Journal. 117, 1, p. 143-156 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

QuBiT: A quantitative tool for analyzing epithelial tubes reveals unexpected patterns of organization in the Drosophila trachea

Yang, R., Li, E., Kwon, Y. J., Mani, M. & Beitel, G. J., Jun 2019, In : Development (Cambridge). 146, 12, dev172759.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Shape

A scheme for 3-dimensional morphological reconstruction and force inference in the early c. Elegans embryo

Xu, M., Wu, Y., Shroff, H., Wu, M. & Mani, M., Jul 2018, In : PloS one. 13, 7, e0199151.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Embryonic Structures
Image analysis
Sensitivity analysis
13 Citations (Scopus)

Distinct contributions of tensile and shear stress on E-cadherin levels during morphogenesis

Kale, G. R., Yang, X., Philippe, J. M., Mani, M., Lenne, P. F. & Lecuit, T., Dec 1 2018, In : Nature communications. 9, 1, 5021.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

tensile stress
Tensile stress
shear stress