Morphogens, modeling and patterning the neural tube: an interview with James Briscoe

BMC Biol. 2015 Jan 20;13:5. doi: 10.1186/s12915-014-0105-1.

Abstract

James Briscoe has a BSc in Microbiology and Virology (from the University of Warwick, UK) and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology (from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, now Cancer Research UK). He started working on the development of the neural tube in the lab of Tom Jessel as a postdoctoral fellow, establishing that there was graded sonic hedgehog signaling in the ventral neural tube. He is currently a group leader and Head of Division in Developmental Biology at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (which will become part of the Francis Crick Institute in April 2015). He is working to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of graded signaling in the vertebrate neural tube.We interviewed him about the development of ideas on morphogenetic gradients and his own work on modeling the development of the neural tube for our series on modeling in biology.

Publication types

  • Autobiography
  • Historical Article
  • Interview

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Patterning*
  • Chick Embryo
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • London
  • Mice
  • Models, Biological*
  • Neural Tube / embryology*

Personal name as subject

  • James Briscoe