Scott Waddell

CSO Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Scott Waddell is a CSO Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the MRC Human Genetics Unit. After his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Glasgow (2012-2016), Scott completed a Masters in Drug Discovery & Translational Biology at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2017) before obtaining a PhD in Genetics & Molecular Medicine in (2017-2022).

During his PhD, Scott worked with Professor Pleasantine Mill and Dr Luke Boulter to understand the role of the primary cilium in biliary health and disease, focusing on polycystic liver disease (PLD) and cholangiocarcinoma. Following on from his PhD, Scott received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Chief Scientist Office (Scottish Government) to continue his research into PLD, with a particular focus on the role of inflammation in disease.


  • PhD Genetics & Molecular Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, 2017-2022
  • MSc Drug Discovery & Translational Biology, The University of Edinburgh, 2016-2017
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of Glasgow, 2012-2016

Undergraduate teaching

  • Biology of Regeneration (DEBI10032)

Research summary

  • Inflammation in polycystic liver disease
  • The role of the primary cilium in bile duct development, disease and cancer

Project activity

Defining how primary cilia loss drives inflammation in polycystic liver disease

Current project grants

CSO Early Postdoctoral Fellowship (2022-2025)

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