Our laboratory studies how cytoskeleton-derived signals control stem cell’s ability to give rise to a functional tissue during development, to maintain it throughout life and repair it upon wounding.

The actomyosin cytoskeleton is a complex cellular structure that plays a role in many biological processes. Classic studies established its role in cell structural organization. However, new studies demonstrate that the cytoskeleton plays a major role in regulatory processes that control signal transduction, gene expression and stem cell lineage specification.

Our laboratory uses the skin epidermis as its main model system. Projects in the lab explore both skin development and skin common diseases such as cancer and psoriasis.


In addition to classic genetic tools and in vivo models we also use state of the art technology to manipulate stem cells in utero. Genome wide analysis of gene expression, quantitative digital microscopy and a variety of molecular and cellular methods are all commonly used in our lab.

for additional details please see our recent publications:

Establishment of polarity

Basement membrane assembly

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Actin and Wnt signaling

Basement membrane assembly

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From cell shape to cell fate (review)

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Room 406

Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Tel Aviv University





Chen Luxenburg, PhD

Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)

Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology​

Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University P.O. Box 39040 Tel Aviv 69978



Tel. Office: +972-3-6409272

Tel. lab: +972-3-6409508