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Oxford University has a long tradition in the study of developmental biology and stem cells.  Current research areas include understanding the basic molecular and cell biological principles that guide early embryonic development including formation of the primary embryonic body axes, studying the movement of cells and molecules by sophisticated real time imaging technology, and the identification of growth factor signalling pathways controlling cell commitment and differentiation.

Multiple model organisms are used including worms, Drosophila, zebrafish and mice. Areas of strength in the stem cell field include hematopoiesis, cardiac and neural stem cells, the generation of disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cell lines and a growing interest in the field of cancer stem cells.  The Oxford Stem Cell Institute (OSCI) serves to foster collaboration between 41 laboratories distributed throughout 17 Departments of the University. Both basic research and clinical Departments are represented within the OSCI, providing significant opportunities for translational research.  Regular term-time seminar series sponsored by the Jenkinson fund and the OSCI facilitate interactions between research groups. In addition, one-day symposia on Developmental Biology and on Stem Cell Research are held each year to facilitate networking between groups.

Supervisors in Developmental Biology and Stem Cells


Colin J Akerman

Professor of Neuroscience

Samir El Andaloussi

Early Career Research Fellow

Esther Becker

Associate Professor of Neurobiology

Marella de Bruijn

Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis

Simon Butt

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Carolyn Carr

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Kieran Clarke

Professor of Physiological Biochemistry

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

James Edwards

Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Tommas Ellender

MRC Career Development Fellow

Russell Foster

Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and the Sleep and Circadian ...

Maike Glitsch

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science

Deborah Goberdhan

Associate Professor of Cell Signalling

Stephen Goodwin

Professor of Neurogenetics

Joanna Hester

Senior Research Fellow

Georg Holländer

Hoffmann and Action Medical Research Professor of Developmental Medicine

Paul Johnson

Professor of Paediatric Surgery

Anjali Kusumbe

Principal Investigator

Liliana Minichiello

Reader in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Zoltan Molnar

Professor of Developmental Neurobiology

Chris Murphy

Associate Professor & Kennedy Director of Graduate Studies

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Siim Pauklin

CRUK Career development fellow

Martin Philpott

Senior Research Associate

Paul Riley

BHF Professor of Regenerative Medicine & Chair of Development and Cell Biology

Irene Roberts

Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Anindita Roy

Associate Professor of Paediatric Haematology

Angela Russell

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Sumathi Sekaran

Senior Research Scientist

Anna Katharina (Katja) A Simon

Professor of Immunology

Nicola Smart

Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Development and Regeneration

Shankar Srinivas

Professor of Developmental Biology

Peter Sullivan

Associate Professor in Paediatrics

Francis Szele

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology

George Tofaris

Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant ...

Holm Uhlig

Professor of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Group Head / PI and Hon Consultant ...

Richard Wade-Martins

Professor of Molecular Neuroscience

Suzannah Williams

Principal Investigator/Research Group Leader; Lead of Ovarian Research for the ...

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience