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Professor Fiona Watt

Fiona Watt

Job title

Professor & Director of the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine


Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Date started at King’s


Challenges and achievements

Fiona Watt obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, and carried out postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She established her first lab at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London, and then moved to the Cancer Research UK 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.

She is a member of EMBO, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society and Honorary Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She is also a recipient of the ASCB Women in Cell Biology Senior Award.

A brief summary of research interests, grants awarded and publications

The major research interest of our lab is how the interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic factors regulates cell fate decisions in adult tissue and pluripotent stem cells.

Watt, F.M. (2013). “Seven actionable strategies for advancing women in science, engineering, and medicine”. Cell Stem Cell. 16(3), p221-224. DOI:10.1016/j.stem.2015.02.012

Watt, F.M. (2013). “Point Of View: What does it take to recruit and retain senior women faculty?”. eLife. 2(e00615). DOI:10.7554/eLife.00615

Watt, F.M. (2006). “Women in Cell Biology: getting to the top”. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 7, p287-290. DOI:10.1038/nrm1894

Watt, F.M. (2006). “Women in Cell Biology: how personal lives shape careers.” Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology. 7, p378-380. DOI:10.1038/nrm1913




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