Epithelial tube morphogenesis
The fertilized egg has an enormous capacity, through divisions and cell differentiation, to form the multiple structures that constitute our bodies. Epithelial tubes are among the intricate structures. They form extended networks, which enable us to breathe, to circulate our blood and to collect and secrete body fluids. In our group we study the Drosophila tracheal system with the aim to understand the process of epithelial tube morphogenesis.