Paul Jamney, PhD


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1010 Vagelos Laboratories

3340 Smith Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Fax: 215-573-6815

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Paul Janmey, PhD

Professor of Physiology

Other Perelman School of Medicine Affiliations

Degrees & Education

  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1982

  • AB, Oberlin College, 1976


  • 1999 Rotschild-Yvette Mayent Award, Institut Curie

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Cell Biology

  • Biophysical Society

Research Description

Our lab studies several aspects of cell mechanics. In one project, we produce soft materials, usually hydrogels, to which cell adhesion proteins are linked to study how the stiffness of surfaces alters cell structure, function, and growth. Endothelial cells, fibroblasts, neurons and astrocytes each show unique dependence on substrate stiffness, and we seek to understand how they sense and respond to this mechanical cue. In related work we measure the structure and viscoelasticity of cytoskeletal polymer networks using a variety of imaging, scattering, and rheologic methods. Further studies examine how changes in cell membrane structure mediated by inositol phospholipids lead to production of signals that remodel the cytoskeleton.

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