Parkinson’s UK Senior Research Fellow
MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Our group is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms important for the induction of primitive neural tissue from naive ectoderm. We are currently investigating the roles of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling on neural induction of embryonic stem (ES) cells. This will give us an understanding of how to differentiate mouse and human ES cells into neural tissue that may used to study and treat diseases of the nervous system, such as motor neuron disease.