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UK Cilia Network



Leadership Team

The network is managed by a multidisciplinary leadership team who are all working in key research fields relevant to cilia research.

University of Bristol

David Stephens

Prof David Stephens

Professor of Cell Biology

School of Biochemistry
University of Bristol
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0117 331 2173

Cilia, Extracellular matrix, Membrane traffic, Microtubule cytoskeleton, Microscopy

University College London

Hannah Mitchison

Dr Hannah Mitchison

Reader in Molecular and Medical Genetics

Institute of Child Health
University College London
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University of Edinburgh

Pleasantine Mill

Dr Pleasantine Mill

Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine
University of Edinburgh
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Harwell - Medical Research Council

Dominic Norris

Dr Dominic Norris

MRC Harwell
Harwell - Medical Research Council
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University of Leeds

Colin Johnson

Prof Colin Johnson

Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics

Section of Ophthalmology and Neurosciences, Leeds Institute of
University of Leeds
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+44 (0)113 343 8443

Queen Mary University of London

Martin Knight

Prof Martin Knight

Professor of Mechanobiology

School of Engineering and Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
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+44 (0)20 7882 8868

primary cilia, inflammation, bone, cartilage, mechanosignalling

Dr Karen Liu

Karen Liu

Reader in Signalling & Development

Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology
King's College London
LocationUnited Kingdom
020 7188 8035
ResearcherID Google Scholar

Research Interests

Our lab studies development of the neural crest lineage from induction and migration to differentiation. A recent focus has been on cilia in the neural crest. Patients with ciliopathies frequently have neural crest associated craniofacial anomalies and we model these anomalies using animal models (mouse, frog, chicken) and human induced pluripotent stem cells.

Some key cilia papers:

  1. Tabler JM, Barrell WB, Szabo-Rogers HL, Healy C, Yeung Y, Perdiguero EG, Schulz C, Yannakoudakis BZ, Mesbahi A, Wlodarczyk B, Geissmann F, Finnell RH, Wallingford JB, Liu KJ. Fuz mutant mice reveal shared mechanisms between ciliopathies and FGF-related syndromes. Dev Cell. 2013 Jun 24;25(6):623-35.  doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2013.05.021. PubMed PMID: 23806618; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3697100.
  2. Yannakoudakis BZ, Liu KJ. Common skeletal features in rare diseases: New links between ciliopathies and FGF-related syndromes. Rare Dis. 2013 Nov 11;1:e27109. doi: 10.4161/rdis.27109. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 25003013; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3932950.