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Jamie Davies, FRSM

Personal Chair of Experimental Anatomy

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Please read my lab page, then contact me if interested in a project.

Education/Academic qualification

2003Master of Arts, Univ Cambridge
1986Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Univ Cambridge
Growth cone repulsion in the control of vertebrate neural segmentation

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseOrgan development, tissue engineering, synthetic biology


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



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



Research activities & awards

  1. Oxford Literary Festival

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Self-organization in organogenesis, tissue engineering and synthetic biology

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Self-organization in tissue engineering: leaving the hard work to the cells

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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