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Dr Shukry J Habib

Sir Henry Dale Research FellowShukry-J-Habib

Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
King's College London
28th Floor, Tower Wing
Guy's campus
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT

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Shukry Habib pursued his undergraduate and Master degrees in Israel at the Technion and Tel-Aviv university, respectively.  He obtained his Dr.rer. nat  from Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, Germany and carried out postdoctoral research at Stanford University, California, USA. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and was recently awarded a Sir Henry Dale fellowship (Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, UK).

Research interests

Stem cells have the ability to make more stem cells (self-renew) and also to give rise to differentiated cells. We are interested in the external and internal cues that regulate mammalian stem cell division and cell fate choice. We aim to study and compare these cues during homeostasis, tissue regeneration and tumorigenesis. Our main focus lies on the role of Wnt signals in asymmetric cell division of embryonic and adult stem cells. To that end, we apply principles from organic chemistry, biochemistry, and stem cell biology in conjunction with advanced imaging techniques to further probe this biological phenomenon. 

Job opportunities

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


The Habib lab has recently developed a novel WNT platform that acts as a stem cell niche for tissue engineering. The manuscript was recently published in Stem Cell Reports and also features in RegMedNet


Scientific meeting (14th - 15th November 2016):
"Mechanisms of assymetric cell division"

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire

Organised by Dr Habib and Dr Paula Alexandre, this is a residential meeting which allows for increased networking and discussion. It is free to attend, but participants will need to cover their accommodation and catering costs. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks. Please visit the Royal Society website for the latest information. 

Habib - Royal SocietyThe path to asymmetry: Wnt bead (blue) orients the segregation of chromosomes (yellow) during asymmetric cell division of embryonic stem cells. A single neural progenitor in an intact zebrafish embryo undergoing an asymmetric division at the apical surface (inner circle) and producing two distinct daughters, a neuron (in white) and a progenitor that divides again (green: membrane GFP; Magenta: nuclear RFP).

Image credit: Dr Shukry J Habib (King's College London) and Dr Paula Alexandre (University College London)


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