University of Louvain, Belgium and University of California at Berkeley
M.Eng., M.A., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
Joint head of the Division of Developmental Biology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research
Medical Research Council
I study how cells communicate with each other
My group studies how cells signal to each other.
Cell signalling enable cells to organise within a tissue so that the right structure forms in the appropriate location.
Signalling is also required for sick or abnormal cells to be recognised and eliminated within a tissue.
We are interested in the relative contribution of short and long range signals during development and also in identifying the signalling mechanisms that induce a cell to commit suicide.
My Typical Day
My typical day is spent in my office, writing papers, proposals, or reports. But I get lots of visitors, the best ones are my collaborators coming to talk about their projects
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
A future memory; it will be this year’s
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic, rational, caring
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Using techniques from one field to address questions in another
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Starting an MA at Berkeley and finding out about all the exciting science around me
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I annoyed teachers by breaking things, and my own limbs, but deep down, I think that they liked me
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Professionally, painting dye patterns on frog eggs