I’m a developmental biologist born in China, and grew up in Toronto. I received my HBSc. and MSc. from the University of Toronto. I am a huge fan of genetic tricks, prokaryotes, protists, evo-devo, disordered proteins, beautiful cellular structures, and fancy microscopes. The robustness of pattern formation and size control in development is the greatest mystery to me! More specifically, I’m most interested in how diverse cellular architectures are built with self-organizing subunits.


In the Grill lab, I investigate the cortical F-actin architectural reorganization during C. elegans early embryogenesis. I am examining how cortical polarity state can influence the actomyosin network structure, through different actin nucleators, and vice versa.