Principle Investigator: Professor Abigail Tucker
The Tucker Laboratory is interested in the development of the head, with particular focus on structures that form in association with the jaw. These include development of the dentition, development of the salivary glands, development of the jaw joint and most recently, the development of the middle ear. Formation of these structures involves complex interactions and we are interested in the signalling molecules that control patterning and shape. The research addresses questions related to human health and to evolutionary biology and uses a number of model and non-model organisms, including mouse, chick, opossum, guinea pig, shrew, bearded dragon, snake, gecko and chameleon.
The lab is funded by the Wellcome Trust, The Medical Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust and Action on Hearing Loss.
Collaborations outside King's College London:
Middle ear: Prof Zhe-Xi Luo (USA), Prof Antonio Baldini (Italy), Dr Jennifer Linden (UK), Prof Karen Sears (USA)
Tooth development: Dr Jean-Yves Sire (France), Prof Danny Deutsch (Israel), Dr Eva Matalova (Czech Republic), Dr Marcela Buchtova (Czech Republic), Dr Marcia Gaete (Chile).
Glands: Dr Denis Headon (UK), Prof David Rice (Finland), Prof Silvia Lourenco (Brazil).
Tel: +44 (0)207 188 4603