Welcome to the website of the Vorselen Lab of Mechanobiology and quantitative immune cell biology!
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What we do
In the Vorselen Lab we are fascinated by complex and dynamic cellular behavior, and specifically the role of mechanical forces therein. Such forces have emerged as critical regulators of cell function over the past two decades. Within this context, we are particularly interested in immune cell functions.
We develop new biophysical technologies to assess cellular forces and modulate the physical stimuli that cells receive. In combination with quantitative microscopy and advanced cellular perturbations, this allows us to interrogate dynamic cellular behavior. It shows us how, where and when individual proteins coordinate rapid cellular rearrangements and helps us understand the regulation of biological processes by physical forces in health and disease.
A specific focus of our lab is phagocytosis by macrophages. This process is intriguing from a fundamental mechanobiology perspective, since phagocytosis depends on the stiffness of targets (generally more efficient for stiffer targets), but the mechanisms of rigidity-dependence are almost entirely unknown. It is also important from a clinical perspective, since cancer cells for example may avoid immune cell recognition through their “softness”.
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