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Prof Roberto Mayor
Gower street
Tel: 020 7679 3323
Fax: 020 7679 7349
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  • Professor of Developmental and Cellular Neurobiology
  • Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Prof Roberto Mayor is a Professor of Developmental and Cellular Neurobiology
He was named International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He is a member of the editorial board of Development and Developmental Dynamics and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Developmental Biology. He was founder and president of the Latin American Society of Developmental Biology (LASDB)

Research Summary

Cell migration is essential for normal development and homeostasis, such as wound healing and immune response, and it is also involved in several pathologies such as fibrosis and cancer invasion during metastasis.  One of the most migratory cells during embryo development is the neural crest, which contribute to the formation of many tissues and organs. 

The primary aim of our research group is to elucidate the mechanism that underlies the development of the Neural Crest. We would like to know how Neural Crest cells acquire their identity within the ectoderm and how their migration and differentiation is controlled.

We have found that neural crest cells response to a combination of chemical and mechanical cues that control thier behaviour. In order to analyse cell behaviour of neural crest cells we use a multidisciplinary approach, where we combine genetics and molecular biology together with cell biology and biomechanics. We also use computational modelling to simulate neural crest behaviour and experimentally test the prediction of our models. Our final gaol is to understand how cells differentiation and migration is controlled by the integration of a multitude of different stimulus.

01-JAN-2004 Professor Cell and Dev Biology UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1990   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad de Chile
1986   Bachelor of Science Universidad de Chile
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