Developmental Biology and Regeneration - Group Mercader
In our group we are interested in understanding the morphogenetic events leading to epicardium formation. Moreover, we also want to understand how the epicardial derived cells and secreted factor act on the adult heart during homeostasis or upon injury response. We use the zebrafish as a model system, as it offers the possibility to study cardiac development in vivo and because it has a very high capacity to regenerate an injured heart. This allows us to explore the cellular and molecular basis of a naturally occurring mechanism of cardiac regeneration.