DR NAOMI MORIS
I studied Biological Science at Imperial College London as an undergraduate, and found myself fascinated by developmental biology and how the embryo is able to form a complete organism from a single cell. I went to Cambridge to do a PhD with Cristina Pina and Alfonso Martinez-Arias, looking at mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation. I was particularly interested in gene expression dynamics of single cells and epigenetic regulation of transitions between states. I then moved into 3D models of embryogenesis, using mouse gastruloids as an in vitro system to study multiaxial pattern formation. In 2017 I became a Junior Research Fellow at Newnham College, before starting my own group (2021).
DR PETER BAILLIE-BENSON
Senior Laboratory Research Scientist
I studied for my PhD in the Martinez Arias lab before working with Professor Jennifer Nichols at the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute on modelling gastrulation in vitro with embryonic stem cells during my first post-doctoral position.
In the Moris lab, I am exploring the early stages of human gastruloid development in which symmetry is broken and the germ layers are specified. I want to better understand the factors regulating these processes and how we can use this knowledge to improve the representation of tissues that are formed.
DR JAMIE THOMPSON
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jamie will be joining us from Cathy Merry's lab in October 2021. We can't wait!
Visiting PhD Student
I am currently employed by Abcam, plc where I work as a Scientist in the Technology Development team. Through my employer I have been given this amazing opportunity to undertake a PhD with the Martinez-Arias and Moris labs! Here, I am investigating Primordial germ cells - the precursors to the germ cells and gametes (sex cells) of an organism. Firstly, to characterise these intriguing cells and secondly to determine how closely they recapitulate several key features of their in vivo counterparts.
You can find me on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-cooke-57ba2378/
JESÚS CANTORAL REBORDINOS
Jesús will be joining us as a PhD student from September 2021. We can't wait!
We will be looking for enthusiastic new members to join our team, so do get in touch if you might be interested in a PhD, Postdoc or Researcher position!
(Background Artwork by Morgan Harper Nichols)