Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 1915v.azuara




1008Institute of Reproductive and Developmental BiologyHammersmith Campus





Qualifications and Employment History

  • PhD in Immunology, Pasteur Institute - Paris, 1999.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Epigenetics, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre - London, 1999-2005.
  • Joined Imperial College in November 2005 as Lecturer and Head of the Epigenetics and Development Group at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology. Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012.
  • Awarded a MRC Collaborative Career Development Award in Stem Cell Research, 2004-2007 and a BBSRC New Investigator Award in Genes and Developmental Biology, 2009-2012.
  • Two career breaks in the form of maternity leave: from November 2006 to April 2007 and from February 2011 to September 2011.

Teaching Activities

 Undergraduate Teaching

  • BSc in Reproductive and Developmental Science (Biomedical Science)

Postgraduate Taught Courses

  • MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology
  • MSc Human Molecular Genetics
  • MRes Cancer Biology

 Postgraduate Supervision

  • PhD project supervisor
  • Master project supervisor for MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology, MRes Biomedical Research and MRes Cancer Biology

 Other College Roles

  • Member of the Postgraduate Education Committee for the Department of Surgery and Cancer
  • Member of the Academic Opportunities Committee for the Department of Surgery and Cancer
  • Member of Mitigating Circumstance Committee for MEd in Surgical Education - Department of Surgery and Cancer
  • Member of MSc Teaching Committee in quality of course module organiser on Stem Cell Biology - MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology
  • Course tutor of the divisional MRes programme in Cancer Biology
  • Personal tutor for MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology students
  • Academic mentor for MRC CSC PhD students



Tomaz RA, Harman JL, Karimlou D, et al., 2017, Jmjd2c/Kdm4c facilitates the assembly of essential enhancer-protein complexes at the onset of embryonic stem cell differentiation., Development

Rayon T, Menchero S, Rollan I, et al., 2016, Distinct mechanisms regulate Cdx2 expression in the blastocyst and in trophoblast stem cells, Scientific Reports, Vol:6, ISSN:2045-2322

Percharde M, Azuara V, 2013, Essential roles for the nuclear receptor coactivator Ncoa3 in pluripotency, Cell Cycle, Vol:12, ISSN:1538-4101, Pages:195-196

Lavial F, Bessonnard S, Ohnishi Y, et al., 2012, Bmi1 facilitates primitive endoderm formation by stabilizing Gata6 during early mouse development, Genes & Development, Vol:26, ISSN:0890-9369, Pages:1445-1458

O'Loghlen A, Munoz-Cabello AM, Gaspar-Maia A, et al., 2012, MicroRNA Regulation of Cbx7 Mediates a Switch of Polycomb Orthologs during ESC Differentiation, Cell Stem Cell, Vol:10, ISSN:1934-5909, Pages:33-46

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