Reader in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine, University of Cambridge
Dr Ludovic Vallier is a Senior Non-Clinical MRC Fellow and Reader in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Cambridge. His research involves using human pluripotent stem cells - cells with the ability to develop into almost any type of cell in the body - to study how biological mechanisms direct them to become a pancreas or liver cell. He is also investigating the role these mechanisms play in diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
He graduated in Molecular biology and Immunology from the University Claude Bernard Lyon I in 1997. In 2001, he earned his PhD at Ecole Normale Superieur of Lyon in the group of Jacques Samarut, under the supervision of Pierre Savatier, studying mechanisms that control the cell cycle in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. Following a year in the biotechnology industry, Ludovic joined Department of Surgery here at Cambridge. In 2008 he joined the newly opened Anne McLaren Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine (LRM) as a Principal Investigator. Ludovic holds a joint appointment between the University of Cambridge and the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute. He is also the director of the Cambridge National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)/Biomedical Research Centre HiPSC (human induced pluripotent stem cell) core facility.