Jamie Davies

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Personal profile


I obtained a BA(Hons) Natural Sciences, then PhD, both from University of Cambridge, then obtained a Cancer Research Campaign postdoctoral fellowship (Southampton then Manchester: the lab moved). I joined Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1995, Professor of Experimental Anatomy from 2007. My research centres on biologival self-organization, in normal development, as a tool in tissue engineering, and in synthetic biological systems. My lab also hosts the curation teams of two major international databases (see website link section).


BA(Hons) in Natural Sciences 1986, University of Cambridge (converted to MA(Cantab) in 1990

PhD (Developmental neurobiology) 1990, University of Cambridge, 1990.






Current Research Interests

Please see http://golgi.ana.ed.ac.uk/Davieslab/


Research Interests

Biological self-organization in normal development, in sythetic biological systems and as a tissue engineering tool.


Research Groups

Centre for Integrative Physiology




Teaching media (podcasts, online lectures etc) - please see



Research students

Alumni: Dr Mark Blenkiron, Dr C-Hong Chang, Dr Veronika Ganeva, Dr Wen-Chin Lee, Dr Nils Lindstrom, Dr Lydia Michael, Dr Derina Sweeney & Dr Veronika Ganeva

Current: Mona ElHendawi, Kim Martin, Chris Mills, David Munro, Roland Partridge



My research in a nutshell

My main research interest aims to discover the mechanisms of biological self-organization. We study these in natural organ development and apply what is learned to tissue engineering, particularly of kidneys. We also construct synthetic biological systems, and associated computer models, to achieve patterning and organization by designed, rather than evolved, means. The laboratory also has a strong interest in the 3Rs.

Link to CIP reseach page - http://www.ed.ac.uk/integrative-physiology/staff-profiles/research-groups/jamie-davies

Link to Lab homepage - http://golgi.ana.ed.ac.uk/Davieslab/




I contribute to teaching in the MBChB, Biomedical Science BSc, Developmental Biology BSc programmes, and in MSc programmes in Synthetic Biology and Cardiovascular Sciences.

I am a Deputy Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching for the Medical School, Year Director of MBCHB year 1, and Module Organizer for the MBCVB 2 renal module.

I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Administrative Roles

Member of MBChB Programme Executive Committee



Education/Academic qualification

Natural Sciences, Master of Arts, Univ Cambridge

1 Oct 20031 Jun 2006

Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Developmental Neurobiology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Growth cone repulsion in the control of vertebrate neural segmentation, Univ Cambridge

1 Oct 198630 Sept 1989

Award Date: 27 Jan 1990

External positions

Committee Member, NC IUPHAR

2015 → …

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports

2015 → …

Deputy Chair, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

1 Jul 201130 Jun 2014

Associate Editor, Nephron: Experimental Nephrology


Editor, Organogenesis


Receiving Editor, Journal of Anatomy



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