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Cambridge Stem Cell Institute



Luke earned a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario (2015) and completed summer research projects in the lab of Prof. Gordon Keller (Toronto, Canada). Subsequently, he completed a Wellcome Trust funded DPhil in Chromosome and Developmental Biology as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford (2020) in the lab of Prof. Elizabeth J Robertson. After a short post-doc in the Robertson group, Luke was awarded a Vertex Fellowship (2021) to join Vertex Pharmaceuticals and complete a one-year research fellowship in drug discovery and human disease modelling. In 2022, Luke joined the Göttgens lab as a post-doctoral research associate and received a five-year Wellcome Early Career Award (2023-2028). His research focuses on the role that developmental history plays in settings of molecular convergence, such as blood cell formation in the early mammalian embryo.


Key publications: 

Harland, L. T. G., Simon, C. S., Senft, A. D., Costello, I., Greder, L., Imaz-Rosshandler, I., Gottgens, B., Marioni, J. C., Bikoff, E. K., Porcher, C., de Bruijn, M., & Robertson, E. J. (2021). The T-box transcription factor Eomesodermin governs haemogenic competence of yolk sac mesodermal progenitors. Nat Cell Biol, 23(1), 61-74.

Other Professional Activities

Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA), Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Research Associate (Göttgens Group)
Luke Harland

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