Magdalene Michael Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, UK
2 protocols

Xuan Liang Divisions of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Australia
2 protocols

Rashmi Priya Division of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, Australia
1 protocol
Alka Mehra Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
41 protocols

Andrea Introini Karolinska Institutet
10 protocols

Hsin-Yi Chang Kyoto University
7 protocols

Jia Li SRI International
51 protocols

Guillermo A. Gomez
  • Faculty, University of South Australia
Research focus
  • Cancer biology
  • 3 Author merit


PhD, National University of Cordoba, 2008

Lab information

Guillermo Gomez's lab

Research interest: Physical forces are a key determinant of tissue architecture controlling also cellular behaviours that range from the differentiation of stem cells to cell transformation and cancer invasion. We have made significant progress in understanding the mechanisms involved in capacity of the cells to generate forces and the regulation of epithelial organization. We now are using this knowledge to understand how dysregulation of tissue mechanics contributes to the loss of tissue architecture and organ function.

Selected publications
1. Priya R, Liang X, Teo JL, Duszyc K., Yap AS and Gomez GA*. 2017. ROCK1 but not ROCK2 contributes to RhoA signaling and NMIIA mediated contractility at the epithelial zonula adherens. Molecular Biology of the Cell 2017. 28(1):12-20. *Corresponding Author
2. Acharya BR, Wu SK, Lieu ZZ, Parton RG, Grill SW, Bershadsky AD, Gomez GA, Yap AS. 2017. Mammalian Diaphanous 1 Mediates a Pathway for E-cadherin to Stabilize Epithelial Barriers through Junctional Contractility. Cell Reports. 18 (12), 2854-2867
3. Priya R*, Gomez GA*, Budnar S, Acharya BR, Czirok A, Yap AS, Neufeld Z. 2017. Bistable front dynamics in a contractile medium: Travelling wave fronts and cortical advection define stable zones of RhoA signaling at epithelial adherens junctions. PLoS Computational Biology 13 (3), e1005411 *Co-first authors
4. Coburn L, Lopez H, Caldwell BJ, Moussa E, Yap C, Priya R, Noppe A, Roberts AP, Lobaskin V, Yap AS, Neufeld Z, Gomez GA*. 2016. Contact inhibition of locomotion and mechanical cross-talk between cell-cell and cell-substrate adhesion determines the pattern of junctional tension in epithelial cell aggregates. Molecular Biology of the Cell 27(22):3436-3448 *Corresponding author
5. Michael M, Meiring JC, Acharya BR, Matthews DR, Verma S, Han SP, Hill MM, Parton RG, Gomez GA, Yap AS. 2016. Coronin 1B Reorganizes the Architecture of F-Actin Networks for Contractility at Steady-State and Apoptotic Adherens Junctions. Developmental Cell. Apr 4;37(1):58-71.
6. Priya R, Gomez GA*, Budnar S, Verma S, Cox HL, Hamilton NA, Yap AS*. 2015. Feedback regulation through myosin II confers robustness on RhoA signalling at E-cadherin junctions. Nature Cell Biology 17(10):1282-93. *Corresponding authors
7. Gomez GA*, McLachlan RW, Wu SK, Caldwell BJ, Moussa E, Verma S, Bastiani M, Priya R, Parton RG, Gaus K, Sap J, Yap AS*. 2015. An RPTPα/Src family kinase/Rap1 signaling module recruits myosin IIB to support contractile tension at apical E-cadherin junctions. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 26(7):1249-62.* Corresponding authors.
8. Caldwell BJ, Lucas C, Kee AJ, Gaus K, Gunning PW, Hardeman EC, Yap AS* and Gomez GA*. 2014. Tropomyosin isoforms support actomyosin biogenesis to generate contractile tension at the epithelial zonula adherens. Cytoskeleton 71:663. *Corresponding Authors.
9. Wu SK, Gomez GA*, Michael M, Verma S, Cox HL, Lefevre JG, Parton RG, Hamilton NA, Neufeld Z, Yap AS*. 2014. Cortical F-actin stabilization generates apical-lateral patterns of junctional contractility that integrate cells into epithelia. Nature Cell Biology. 16(2):167-78. *Corresponding Authors.
10. Ratheesh A.*, Gomez GA*, Priya R, Verma S, Kovacs EM, Jiang K, Brown NH, Akhmanova A, Stehbens SJ, Yap AS. 2012. Centralspindlin and α-catenin regulate Rho signalling at the epithelial zonula adherens. Nature Cell Biology 14(8):818-28.* co-first author.
3 Protocols published
Measurement of Mechanical Tension at cell-cell junctions using two-photon laser ablation
Authors:  Xuan Liang, Magdalene Michael and Guillermo A. Gomez, date: 12/20/2016, view: 8132, Q&A: 0
The cortical actomyosin cytoskeleton is found in all non-muscle cells where a key function is to control mechanical force (Salbreux et al., 2012). When coupled to E-cadherin cell-cell adhesion, cortical actomyosin generates junctional ...
Analysis of Myosin II Minifilament Orientation at Epithelial Zonula Adherens
Authors:  Magdalene Michael, Xuan Liang and Guillermo A. Gomez, date: 12/05/2016, view: 7259, Q&A: 0
Non-muscle myosin II (NMII) form bipolar filaments, which bind F-actin to exert cellular contractility during physiological processes (Vicente-Manzanares et al., 2009). Using a combinatorial approach to fluorescently label both N- and ...
5 Protocols reviewed
Isolation of Microglia and Analysis of Protein Expression by Flow Cytometry: Avoiding the Pitfall of Microglia Background Autofluorescence
Authors:  Jeremy C. Burns, Richard M. Ransohoff and Michaël Mingueneau, date: 07/20/2021, view: 1644, Q&A: 0

Microglia are a unique type of tissue-resident innate immune cell found within the brain, spinal cord, and retina. In the healthy nervous system, their main functions are to defend the tissue against infectious microbes, support neuronal networks

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Analysis of Random Migration of Cancer Cells in 3D
Authors:  Sai P. Visweshwaran and Alexis Gautreau, date: 01/05/2020, view: 3347, Q&A: 0
The ability of cancer cells to migrate through a complex three-dimensional (3D) environment is a hallmark event of cancer metastasis. Therefore, an in vitro migration assay to evaluate cancer cell migration in a 3D setting is valuable to ...
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2 Protocols edited
Analysis of Cancer Stromal Reaction Using an O-ring Co-culture Assay
Author:  Vivien Jane Coulson-Thomas, date: 02/20/2017, view: 7073, Q&A: 0
We have developed a 2D heterotypic co-culture technique between fibroblasts and cancer cells that enables the study of the stromal reaction. For such, stromal cells are seeded and cultured immediately around a tumour cell line, and the cells ...
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Mouse Mammary Intraductal (MIND) Method for Transplantation of Patient Derived Primary DCIS Cells and Cell Lines
Authors:  Frances Kittrell, Kelli Valdez, Hanan Elsarraj, Yan Hong, Daniel Medina and Fariba Behbod, date: 03/05/2016, view: 8274, Q&A: 0
The MIND method involves intraductal injection of patient derived ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) cells and DCIS cell lines (MCF10DCIS.COM and SUM225) inside the mouse mammary ducts [Video 1 and Figure 1 in Behbod et al. (2009)]. This ...
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