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Group Leaders

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
Prof David Argyle William Dick Chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies

Mechanistic studies into canine disease, specifically the focus of my research is comparative cancer biology.  This involves studies on the stem cell basis of cancer through to the translation of new therapeutics into clinical development.

Dr Adam Balic Roslin Research Fellow

Defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underpin lymphoid organ development in chickens. Developing and exploiting novel gene transfer and editing technologies in order to visualise and manipulate specific chicken immune cell populations.

Dr Tom Burdon Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Regulation of growth and differentiation of embryo derived stem cells.

Dr David Collie Group Leader/Reader

Pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying lung disease.

Dr Xavier Donadeu Reader

My research interests lie in the areas of Stem Cell biology and Reproductive Biology in large animal species. I am interested in these species both from a veterinary perspective and as disease models.  

Prof Colin Farquharson Personal Chair of Skeletal Biology

Identification of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for bone and cartilage growth, development and mineralisation in health and disease.

Dr Denis Headon Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Development, maintenance and repair of the skin and its appendages.

Professor Ian Jackson Programme Leader/ Professorial Fellow

Mouse models of human and animal disease

Dr Vicky MacRae Reader

Investigating new mechanisms of bone formation and vascular calcification.

Dr Gerry McLachlan Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow

Preclinical studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of vectors for respiratory gene/miRNA delivery in mice & sheep. Sheep as a large animal model for respiratory disease.

Professor Simone Meddle Personal Chair of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology

Adaptations of the neuroendocrine system: hormonal and neural regulation of reproduction and behaviour.  Animal Welfare: Neurobiology of positive welfare and behaviour.

Dr Joe Rainger Roslin Research Fellow
Professor Bruce Whitelaw Genus Personal Chair of Animal Biotechnology

Development of genetically engineered livestock for biomedical and agricultural applications.

Career Track fellow

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
Dr Douglas Vernimmen Chancellors Fellow/Research Fellow

Our collaborative research with Prof K Kranc is to address the precise functions of epigenetic regulators in myeloid leukaemia using in vitro, ex-vivo and in vivo models. Together with additional screening in patients for mutations in this gene, this research will enable us to develop new approaches to treat leukaemia.