Our Embryology/ Developmental Biology Research

Though we now use many more techniques in our research, the roots of this laboratory lie in traditional embryological research on how tissues form as a foetus develops.


Most of our work is on organogenesis, and specifically on the development of the kidney. This organ is so complex that it is in many ways 'the embryo in microcosm': almost all processes that take place in the embryo as a whole take place during renal development. Conveniently, foetal kidneys develop well in culture dishes, allowing us to manipulate and study them easily, and allowing us to avoid having to conduct experiments in living animals.