Professor Jamie Davies
Personal Chair of Experimental Anatomy ORCID ID 0000-0001-6660-4032
Professor Jamie Davies
Personal Chair of Experimental Anatomy ORCID ID 0000-0001-6660-4032
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Research in a nutshell

My main research interest aims to discover the mechanisms of biological self-organization. We study these in natural organ development and apply what is learned to tissue engineering, particularly of kidneys. We also construct synthetic biological systems, and associated computer models, to achieve patterning and organization by designed, rather than evolved, means. The laboratory also has a strong interest in the 3Rs.


Education/Academic qualification

Natural Sciences, Master of Arts, Univ Cambridge
1 Oct 2003 → 1 Jun 2006
Award Date: 1 Jan 2016

Developmental Neurobiology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Growth cone repulsion in the control of vertebrate neural segmentation, Univ Cambridge
1 Oct 1986 → 30 Sep 1989
Award Date: 27 Jan 1990

External positions

Committee Member, NC IUPHAR
2015 → …

Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports
2015 → …

Deputy Chair, National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)
1 Jul 2011 → 30 Jun 2014

Associate Editor, Nephron: Experimental Nephrology
2008 → 2014

Editor, Organogenesis
2004 → 2012

Receiving Editor, Journal of Anatomy
2003 → 2008


I obtained a BA(Hons) Natural Sciences, then PhD, both from University of Cambridge, then obtained a Cancer Research Campaign postdoctoral fellowship (Southampton then Manchester: the lab moved). I joined Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1995, Professor of Experimental Anatomy from 2007. My research centres on biologival self-organization, in normal development, as a tool in tissue engineering, and in synthetic biological systems. My lab also hosts the curation teams of two major international databases.


BA(Hons) in Natural Sciences 1986, University of Cambridge (converted to MA(Cantab) in 1990

PhD (Developmental neurobiology) 1990, University of Cambridge, 1990.


Synthetic morphology with agential materials

In: Nature Reviews Bioengineering Vol.1

DOI: find here

Stratified tissue biofabrication by rotational internal flow layer engineering

Innervation of the developing kidney in vivo and in vitro