Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Reader in Stem Cell Biology



+44 (0)20 7594 1915v.azuara




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.



Azuara V, Mau KHT, Karimlou D, et al., 2022, Dynamic enlargement and mobilization of lipid droplets in pluripotent cells coordinate morphogenesis during mouse peri-implantation development, Nature Communications, Vol:13, ISSN:2041-1723

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

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