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LAB MEMBERS

 
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DR NAOMI MORIS

Group Leader

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.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking for friends and family, running, cycling and being outdoors. You can use the following links to find me on LinkedIn and Twitter

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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)