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Fiona M. Watt

EMBO, Heidelberg | Germany

EMBO 1999 | Director 22– | EEsC 22–

The stem cell niche

My major research interests are in how the differentiated state of adult tissues is maintained and how this information can be harnessed for regenerative medicine. My experimental models are mammalian skin, human iPS cells and squamous cell carcinomas. Current projects in my laboratory are concerned with how stem cell self-renewal and lineage selection are controlled by reciprocal interactions with the cellular microenvironment, or niche.

Keywords: Keratinocytes / cell adhesion / differentiation / stem cells / cancer

Subject area(s): Cell & Tissue Architecture | Differentiation & Death | Molecular Medicine