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





  • BBSRC New Investigator Award in Genes & Developmental Biology entitled " Epigenetic regulation of pluripotency and lineage commitment in the early mouse embryo"., BBSRC, 2009
  • MRC Collaborative Career Development Award in Stem Cell Research entitled " Chromatin-based analysis of the generation of neural progenitors from embryonic stem cells"., Parkinson's Disease Society, 2004

External Positions

  • Expert Peer Reviewer, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship Committee, Wellcome Trust, 2019
  • Expert scientist - evaluations are conducted by a visiting committee of expert scientists working in a foreign or a French academic or private institution., High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres), Independent government-funded agency ( - national and international evaluations., 2019
  • External Referee, ANR "Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology and Evolution" and "Non-Thematic and young researchers" Committees, French National Research Agency, 2006
  • External Referee, FRM Scientific Committee, Fondation pour le Recherche Medicale, 2006
  • Expert Peer Reviewer, BBSRC Genes, Development & STEM Approaches to Biology Board, UKRI - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, 2006
  • Expert Peer Reviewer, Career Development Award jointly funded by Parkinson's UK and the MRC, Parkinson’s Disease Society UK, 2006
  • Expert peer reviewer, MRC Molecular and Cellular Medicine Board, UKRI - Medical Research Council, 2006

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Associate Member of the Crick Development & Stem Cells Interest Group, The Francis Crick Institute, London, 2018
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2011
  • Associated Member (2nd Call 2010), EuroSyStem Project coordinated by Professor Austin Smith European Federation for Systematic Stem Cell Biology funded by EU Framework 7, 2010 - 2012
  • Member, British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB), 2006

Editorial Boards

  • • Scientific Reports – Nature, Member of the Editorial Board
  • Cells - Structure, Function and Systems Biology, Member of the Editorial Board, 2009