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Dr Periklis Pantazis

Principal Investigator - Group Leader

Reader in Advanced Optical Precision Imaging - ICL

I enjoy being able to see the processes of life unfold in real time. Much like a painting, sculpture, building or another form of art, it empowers us, as an audience, to understand and emphasise with the subject matter. Developing imaging methods across the full scale of biological organisation allows us to consciously and mindfully consume the inner workings of biology, from proteins to whole organisms.

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Postdoctoral Scholars

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Dr Maaike Welling

Postdoctoral Scholar


Maaike Welling received her PhD from Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she studied pluripotency and early germ cell development in the group of Prof. Niels Geijsen at the Hubrecht Institute. After graduating she started working as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Periklis Pantazis at the D-BSSE to investigate the emergence of asymmetry in the early mouse embryo. Maaike is currently continuing this project in the group of Prof. Mustafa Khammash in Basel and is also still actively involved with new projects in the Pantazis lab.

PhD Students

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Konstantinos Kalyviotis

PhD Student

Imperial College London

The intricacy of developmental processes has been getting me mesmerised throughout the years of my undergraduate studies. The innovative progress in top-notch precision live imaging techniques lights greatly the complex processes of development and disease. Revealing in depth the nature of living demands thinking with the eyes and seeing with the brain, as Daniel Mazia has suggested. But, of course, that’s the beauty and the challenge of this enchanting field.


See Swee (Elijah) Tang

PhD Student

Imperial College London

Without mechanical force, human development cannot take place. Discovering how cellular mechanics come to play during cardiac development gives me hope that one day we can heal a broken heart! Expanding from my biology roots, I am exploring the application of bioengineering tools to help answer fundamental physiological questions. Prior to joining Pantazis lab, I completed my MSc in Translational Neuroscience at Imperial College London, researching the pathology of dementia.

Master Students

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Aysen Unsal

MSc Student

Imperial College London

Despite being extensively researched, there is still no cure for cancer and none of the current treatments are effective enough to prevent its recurrence. My background in biomedical science inspired me to dive into the maze of cancer research, to better understand this complex disease and develop better treatments. In Pantazis Lab, I am switching things up a little bit and investigating therapeutic application of their imaging nanoprobes (bioharmonophores) in cancer.


    Maelle Benefice

    MSc Student

    Imperial College London

    The identification of cells and their movement is a major goal in developmental and disease biology, and especially to have a better understanding of cancer dynamics. My background in optics and photonics lead me to try to better understand cell dynamics, by applying new optogenetics tools to  study single and global cell labelling in Pantazis lab.

    Undergraduate Students

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    Donghyeon (Alex)


    Undergraduate Student

    Imperial College London

    Visualising invisible is always interesting and insightful. It helps researchers understand the physical mechanisms more intuitively. As a member of the Pantazis lab, I study and develop genetically modified fluorescent proteins to visualize cellular mechanics. Especially, mechanically activated channels, such as Piezo1 (GenEPi). It is joyful doing imaging while learning Biology and laboratory skills with the background of Mechanical Engineering!