Director, The MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and Professor of Developmental Neurobiology, King's College London
Andrew Lumsden graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1968 with First Class Honours in Natural Sciences. After visiting Yale University for two years as a Fulbright Scholar, he returned to England to complete his PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of London.
Fellowship of the Royal Society (elected 1994), Academy of Medical Sciences (1998), Kings College London (1999)
Membership of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO, 2008)
2001 The Royal Societys Prize for Neuroscience (The Ferrier Lecture)
2007 W Maxwell Cowan Prize for 'outstanding contributions in developmental neuroscience'
Our research focuses on how regional and cellular identities are established in the vertebrate embryonic nervous system.
We are particularly interested in the mechanisms underlying early neuroepithelial compartmentation and how this prefigures structurally and functionally distinct CNS regions.
A variety of complementary research projects are currently addressing early forebrain and midbrain patterning, the role of Hox genes in hindbrain and branchial arch development, emergence of respiratory rhythm generators in the medulla... and many more.
The laboratory uses a number of different techniques to address genetic and cellular aspects of development:
quail/chick fate map
cell lineage analysis
- confocal microscopy
- retroviral gene transfer
- in ovo electroporation
Various members of the group assist me with making evaluations for Faculty of 1000: Esther Bell, David Chambers, Clemens Kiecker, Leigh Wilson, Sophia Bruggemann, Sophie Ainsworth, Kate Sellers, Alessio Delogu and Richard Wingate.
In the role of Section Head, Andrew Lumsden oversees the Neurodevelopment Section in the Neuroscience Faculty, including advising on the division of the Section into topics and the selection of suitable Faculty Members who actively review the literature in each of the topic areas.
The Faculty comprises Heads of Faculty, Heads of Section, Faculty Members and Associate Faculty Members, as well as an International Advisory Board.
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