Prisca Liberali is a senior group leader at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) in Basel. She has been trained as a physical organic chemist and then changed fields for her PhD and became a cell biologist. Prisca Liberali made important contributions in fields ranging from fundamental chemistry to in vivo tissue regeneration.
Her laboratory works role of self-organization in collective cell behaviors, and how these are coordinated by biochemical and mechanical cues. Because these emergent phenomena have multiple layers of biological organization at different scales, the laboratory develops novel experimental, quantitative and statistical methods required to decoding the design principles of tissue organization. She received the ERC Starting Grant, became an EMBO YIP and was awarded the Friedrich Miescher price in 2021.