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Gene regulatory networks in neural crest development
Modeling human disease, especially neurocristopathies, in fish models (Zebrafish and medaka)
Pigmentation genetics in zebrafish
Neural crest stem cell in vivo biology

Research interests

Neural crest (stem) cell development, especially fate specification. Dissecting the roles for transcription factors and their associated gene regulatory networks in selecting and balancing fate decisions

Pigment pattern formation, especially in adult fish.

Mathematical modelling of developmental processes; particular interest in using mathematical modelling to provide insights into stem cell biology and pigment pattern formation

Teaching interests

Cell Biology

Developmental biology, especially of nervous system, including neural crest-derived peripheral nervous system

Other responsibilities

Member of Senate (2020-)

Director of Research (Biology & Biochemistry)(2019-)

Academic Assembly Accountability and Transparency Working Group (2019-)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, Master of Arts, -, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Nov 1991

Developmental Biology, Doctor of Philosophy, Some aspects of bithorax complex expression in Schistocerca gregaria embryogenesis., University of Cambridge

1 Sept 198715 Apr 1991

Award Date: 1 Nov 1991

Natural Sciences (Part II Zoology), Bachelor of Arts, -, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 198315 Jun 1986

Award Date: 1 Jul 1986


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