Harry McNamara

Areas of Research: Biophysics; self-organization and pattern formation; electrophysiology; optogenetics; stem cells, gastruloids, and organoids

During embryonic development and organogenesis, groups of cells orchestrate complex programs of morphogenesis.  I want to understand the signaling ‘language’ which cells use to communicate instructions and achieve reliable self-organization. Stem cell based-model systems (embryoids, gastruloids, organoids) offer a powerful sandbox to ask quantitative questions, as they recapitulate bona fide morphogenic signaling pathways within an engineerable substrate.  As a Lewis-Sigler Scholar, my research develops new technologies to manipulate, record, and ultimately decode the language of multicellular self-organization. 

Before coming to Princeton, I completed my PhD in Physics at Harvard University, where I was also part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP).