Dr Madeline Lancaster elected Official Fellow

The College is delighted to announce the election of Dr Madeline Lancaster as an Official Fellow.

Dr Lancaster is an American developmental biologist studying neurological development and diseases of the brain. She is a group leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, having conducted her postdoctoral work in the lab of Jürgen Knoblich at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria. This work was supported by fellowships from EMBO, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. During this time Dr Lancaster worked on developing the technology of cerebral organoids.

In 2015 Lancaster joined the Cell Biology division at the LMB, where she currently leads a research group studying the biological processes of human brain evolution. Her research also focuses on neurological diseases caused by abnormal brain size e.g. microencephaly and macroencephaly. The lab uses the cerebral organoid system to study how genes impact on brain development in a range of species.

Learn more about Dr Lancaster’s research at https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/group-leaders/h-to-m/madeline-lancaster/ - as well as via pieces in Cell, and in the Financial Times and The Times from this week.

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