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Dr Scott Roberts
UCL Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Tel: +44(0)208 909 5888
  • Lecturer in Skeletal Regenerative Medicine
  • Inst of Orthopaedics & Musculosk Sci
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr. Roberts obtained his PhD from the Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) where he investigated the biochemical events surrounding bone formation with a view to developing novel treatments for skeletal disease. Specifically, he investigated the role of a newly discovered enzyme, PHOSPHO1, in matrix mineralisation. Following this, he undertook postdoctoral training in the field of stem cell biology at the University of Nottingham where he analysed specific differences in the osteogenic differentiation capacity of adult progenitor and embryonic stem cells. Subsequently, in 2009 Dr. Roberts moved to the KU Leuven to establish a research track investigating conditions that could define and enhance the ability of skeletal precursors to form tissues in vivo. During his time here Dr. Roberts was awarded a fellowship from the Scientific Research Council of Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen). In September 2013, Dr. Roberts was recruited to form a research group at the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science, University College London (UCL). 

Research Summary

Dr. Roberts’ research group aims to create an integrated developmental biology and stem cell approach to musculoskeletal regenerative medicine. Specifically, his group is investigating how adult stem cells can be ‘primed’ to form skeletal tissues including bone and cartilage. Dr. Roberts also has a long-standing interest in creating laboratory-grown models of skeletal tissues for the testing of biopharmaceuticals and compounds that may have applications to skeletal disease.

Teaching Summary

Dr. Roberts is the module lead for ‘Musculoskeletal Biology I (MSc in Musculoskeletal Science)’ and ‘Skeletal Tissue Biology (iBSc in Orthopaedic Science)’. Dr. Roberts also lectures on the MSc in Burns, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and other courses throughout UCL.

Academic Background
2007 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry University of Edinburgh
2002 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Molecular Biology University of Edinburgh
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