Dr Steven M. Pollard (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh)
Steve carried out his PhD in the Department of Developmental Biology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), using the zebrafish to study mesoderm differentiation. In 2002 he moved to Edinburgh to work as a postdoctoral scientist with Prof Austin Smith FRS at the Institute for Stem Cell Research (ISCR), where he investigated the conversion of embryonic stem cells to neural stem cells. In 2006 he relocated with Prof Smith to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Kaye Prize Fellowship (Christ’s College) and Beit Memorial Research Fellowship. He started his own research group in 2010 at the UCL Cancer Institute, London (Alex Bolt Research Fellow). He has recently relocated to the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre (University of Edinburgh) and was awarded the prestigious Cancer Research UK Senior Fellowship. His laboratory continues to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate neural stem self-renewal and differentiation, and how these operate in the context of human glioblastoma.