Cell Biology, Development and Physiology Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to deliver a mechanistic or functional understanding of biological processes and architecture at a cellular, tissue or organism level.

Examples include:

  • how cells function or interact with their environment
  • how organisms develop, including neurodevelopment
  • stem cell biology and regenerative biology
  • functional processes at the cellular, tissue or organism level
  • dysregulation of cellular behaviour and pathobiology of disease, including cancer.


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Professor Marysia Placzek (Chair)

University of Sheffield

Professor Iain Hagan

University of Manchester

Professor Marius Lemberg

University of Cologne, Germany

Professor Sally Lowell

University of Edinburgh

Dr Liz Miller

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Professor Valerie O'Donnell

Cardiff University

Professor Simona Parrinello

University College London

Professor Ketan Patel

University of Reading

Professor Eugenia Piddini

University of Bristol

Professor Wolf Reik

Babraham Institute

Professor Frank Reimann

University of Cambridge

Professor Kei Sakamoto

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Rhian Touyz

McGill University, Canada


Greg West

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust