Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Reader in Stem Cell Biology



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1009Institute 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, MSc Genes, Drugs, Stem Cells - Novel Therapies, 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 MSc Teaching Committee in quality of course module organiser on Stem Cell Biology - MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology
  • Course tutor of the departmental MRes programme in Cancer Biology
  • Course tutor of the divisional MSc programme in Reproductive Biology 
  • Personal tutor for PhD students and MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology students
  • Academic mentor for MRC LMS (previously MRC CSC) PhD students
  • Member of the People and Culture Committee for the Department of Surgery and Cancer - Athena SWAN silver Award winner
  • Member of Departmental Academic Mentor Network
  • Member of Departmental Senior Recruitment and Promotion Panels.



Roman-Trufero M, Ito CM, Pedebos C, et al., 2020, Evolution of an amniote-specific mechanism for modulating ubiquitin signalling via phosphoregulation of the E2 enzyme UBE2D3, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol:37, ISSN:0737-4038, Pages:1986-2001

Bell E, Curry EW, Megchelenbrink W, et al., 2020, Dynamic CpG methylation delineates subregions within super-enhancers selectively decommissioned at the exit from naïve pluripotency, Nature Communications, Vol:11, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-16

Cui W, Zhang S, Bell E, et al., 2019, OCT4 and PAX6 determine the dual function of SOX2 in human ESCs as a key pluripotent or neural factor, Stem Cell Research and Therapy, Vol:10, ISSN:1757-6512

Tomaz RA, Harman JL, Karimlou D, et al., 2017, Jmjd2c facilitates the assembly of essential enhancer-protein complexes at the onset of embryonic stem cell differentiation, Development, Vol:144, ISSN:0950-1991, Pages:567-579

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

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