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Dr Erwin Pauws
30 Guilford Street
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  • Lecturer
  • Developmental Biology & Cancer Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I began my scientific career as a BSc student in Jan de Vijlder’s laboratory for Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Amsterdam. Under his guidance and the daily supervision of Carrie Ris-Stalpers, I was introduced to the world of human genetics, in particular in relation to congenital hypothyroidism.
After graduating, I decided to stay with the lab and pursue a PhD. With the support of Tom Voute and Frank Baas I started a PhD project on the molecular genetics of thyroid cancer. This research resulted in the identification of novel markers for specific sub-types of thyroid tumours and gave me a glimpse into the potential for clinical translation of basic research, which would become a common theme throughout my career.
After completing my PhD in Amsterdam, I took up a position in Phil Stanier’s lab at Imperial College London to study the role of TBX22 in cleft palate. This project introduced me to mouse transgenics and the appreciation of how transgenic mouse models of human disease can be used to understand the underlying mechanisms of developmental anomalies.
When I started my own lab in 2009, I was able to expand my research on craniofacial birth defects while keeping close collaborations in the field of craniofacial biology. While my interest in cleft palate continues, the main focus is now on craniosynostosis, a common birth defect that affects normal growth of the skull. Being a member of the Birth Defects Research Centre at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health allows me to collaborate closely with basic scientists and clinicians alike with the aim to improve the lives of patients with craniosynostosis.

Research Themes
Research Summary

The research in my lab aims to identify the underlying, causative molecular and cellular mechanisms of common craniofacial birth defects, with a particular interest in cleft palate and craniosynostosis. We work on the pathogenesis of human mutation using genetic mouse models, in particular those affecting genes in the FGF signalling pathway with a role in bone development and homeostasis. Our main aim is to unravel the molecular events that underlie craniofacial birth defects at the cellular level in order to develop new therapies. Ultimately the hope is that a better understanding of the pathogenesis of these congenital anomalies will translate to improved diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

The research is currently funded by grants from the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the Newlife Charity for Disabled Children and the EPSRC.

I have published over 35 papers and review articles. My H-index is 22 (Researchgate, 2022).

Teaching Summary

Programme Director for MSc Paediatrics and Child Health.

  • As an MSc Paediatrics and Child Health programme director (co-lead with Prof Helen Bedford) at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, my intention is to deliver a holistic teaching experience to all students that prepares them optimally for their subsequent careers. A large part of the programme’s curriculum is based on internationally leading research conducted at UCL and to this end, my learning and teaching is designed to initiate scholarly discussion, rather than the transfer of knowledge.

Module lead for UCL under- and postgraduate teaching:

  • "Molecular Biology of Normal Development and Birth Defects"
  • "Genomics, Health and Society"
  • "Birth Defects: Basic Research and Clinical Applications"
  • '"Leadership and Professional Development"
  • "Paediatrics and Child Health Research Project"

Lecturing at under- and postgraduate level:

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences, UCL
  • BSc Population Health, UCL
  • MSc Paediatrics and Child Health, UCL
  • MSc Cell and Gene Therapy, UCL
  • MSc Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College

Research student supervision at PhD level, together with supervision of laboratory and library projects for MSc, MRes and BSc students at UCL and beyond.

Academic Background
2010   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University College London
2003   Doctor of Philosophy Universiteit van Amsterdam
1994   Bachelor of Science Universiteit van Amsterdam
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