David Wilkinson: Biography

David Wilkinson is a Group Leader, Head of Division of Developmental Neurobiology, and Head of the Genetics and Development Group at the Francis Crick Institute (previously the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research; NIMR). He obtained a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, where he also carried out PhD studies on Dictyostelium development with David Hames.

From 1983 he carried out postdoctoral studies on sea urchin development in the laboratory of Martin Nemer at the Institute for Cancer Research in Fox Chase, Philadelphia. In 1986 he moved to NIMR as a postdoctoral fellow with Andrew McMahon, where he was appointed as a Group Leader in 1988. He was elected to EMBO and as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000.

David's research interests focus on the mechanisms and roles of boundary formation during nervous system development, mainly using the zebrafish hindbrain as an amenable model. In current work, he is studying the mechanisms by which Eph receptor and ephrin signaling regulates cell segregation, border formation and cell differentiation, and how boundary cells generate patterns of progenitor and neurogenic zones.

David Wilkinson

david.wilkinson@crick.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 379 61638

  • Qualifications and history
  • 1983 PhD University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • 1983 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, USA
  • 1986 Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (MRC-NIMR), London, UK
  • 1988 Group Leader, MRC-NIMR, London, UK
  • 2015 Group Leader, the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK