About us



FOR EACH OF US, life begins as a single cell, the fertilized egg.

  • How does embryo development unfold to generate the billions of different cells found in the human body?
  • What determines the specialized functions of each of these cells?
  • And how do groups of cells co-ordinate their activities within each organ?

The answers, of course, are in the genes.

Our research is aimed at finding genes important for normal embryonic development, and studying what they do and how they interact. At the same time, our work shows how abnormalities in gene function can lead to birth defects.

We use molecular, cellular, organ culture and mouse embryo technologies, to investigate the complex gene networks that regulate the development of the mammalian embryo.