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Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Professor Fiona M. Watt FRS FMedSci

Director, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine 

King's College London 
28th Floor, Tower Wing 
Guy's Hospital 
Great Maze Pond 
London SE1 9RT

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Fiona Watt obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, and carried out postdoctoral research at M.I.T, Cambridge, USA. She established her first lab at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London, and then moved to London Research Institute. From 2006 to 2012 she was Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

My major research interest is in the role of stem cells in adult tissue maintenance. For many of our studies we use mammalian epidermis as a model system, both in the context of genetically modified mice and epidermal reconstitution in culture.

Current projects are exploring self-renewal and lineage selection by human and mouse epidermal stem cells, the role of stem cells in epidermal and oral tumour formation, and the nature of mesenchymal cells in skin. We have active collaborations with bioengineers and chemists in order to study stem cell-niche interactions in vitro.

We are also collaborating with bioinformaticians and computational biologists who are helping us to explore stem cell heterogeneity at single cell resolution. With Richard Durbin at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute I lead HIPSCI – the Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Initiative – to examine how genetic variation between cells impacts on their phenotypic behaviour in culture. 

Job Opportunities

***King's Health Schools Studentships 2015 (closing date: 28th Nov)***

King's is offering a range of studentships for four-year PhDs funded by the MRC, EPSRC and King’s Graduate School. Studentships include tuition fees, bench fees and a stipend of £15,863 per year. 

A project, supervised by Professor Watt, is available within the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine:

"Role of the Notch pathway in oral squamous cell carcinoma" 
(listed under "Genetics and Molecular Medicine) 

For more information, including details of how to apply, please click here ...>

Applications are only open to home/EU eligible applicants.           

***The Guy's & St Thomas' Charity Prize PhD Programme 2015 (closing date: 1st Dec)***

A rotation project is available with the  Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (listed under "Genetics"): 

"Immune signalling by adult and iPS cell-derived hepatocytes" 
(supervisors: Professor Fiona M. Watt & Dr Tamir Rashid)

For more information about the project, please see p.28 of the KBI Projects 2014/15 document

For details of how to apply, please click here ...>


Any vacant posts within the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine are advertised on the King's College London HireWire website

If you are interested in setting up your own lab within the Centre, please contact Professor Watt directly.  

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