Darius is a biophysicist and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology based at the University of Warwick. He received his PhD at the Institut Curie in Paris, where he looked at the roles of caveolae in protecting the cell membrane from mechanical stresses. During a postdoc at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, he designed minimal systems to study the effect of cytoskeleton dynamics on cell membrane organisation. Now, as group leader at the Centre for Mechanochemical Cell Biology, Darius is interested in the molecular basis of mechanosensing, how cells respond to external mechanical forces, and what effect this has on tissue integrity. Together with PhD student Sabeeha Malek, their aim is to establish exactly how mechanical forces affect cell adhesion and cytoskeleton dynamics in EDS/HSD fibroblasts, and how this translates into the properties of connective tissue.