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Dr Francesco Boselli

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biosciences


Francesco Boselli's research aims at dissecting the role of fluid-cell interactions in development and diseases through a synergistic combination of mathematical modelling, live imaging, and experimental manipulation of biological systems.

Francesco obtained his PhD at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics (IFD) at ETH Zurich, where he studied how endolymph flows regulate our sense of balance by interacting with sensory structures in the inner ear. He then moved to IGBMC (Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology) in Strasbourg, France, as a post-doctoral fellow. There, he retrained in the field of developmental biology to investigate the role of blood flow in the development of the zebrafish heart.

Following this, Francesco joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge, UK, for a second postdoc. There, he studied the fluid mechanics and the development of ciliated systems, using Xenopus embryos as model organism.

In 2023, Francesco joined Durham University as an assistant professor in bioengineering, with his appointment shared between the departments of Biosciences and Engineering.

Research interests

  • Bioengineering and Biological Physics
  • Cilia
  • Embryonic Heart
  • Inner Ear
  • Biological Fluid Mechanics
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Mechanotransduction
  • Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems
  • Live Imaging
  • Computational and Mathematical Modelling