Esther Bell

Esther Bell

Professor, Group Leader, Education Leader
Programme Lead, BSc Biomedical Sciences


Esther Bell has a degree in Biology and a PhD in Developmental Biology (University College London). During her PhD she studied limb development in the laboratories of Professor Lewis Wolpert and Dr Paul Brickell. She subsequently did her first post-doc with Professor Andrew Lumsden investigating the role of Hox genes in hindbrain patterning. She was then awarded an EMBO long-term fellowship and a Rockefeller Women & Science fellowship to work with Professor Ali Brivanlou at Rockefeller University on neural induction in Xenopus laevis. In 2004 Esther returned to King?s College London and started her own lab with a Career Development Award from the Medical Research Council. She was made a lecturer in 2009. In addition to running a research lab, Esther also teaches on a variety of undergraduate courses. In 2015 she was appointed Programme Director for the Biomedical Science BSc and in 2020 was promoted to Reader.


Thompson Reuters Researcher ID: C-5329-2009

All publications:


Pegge J, Tatsinkam AJ, Rider CC, Bell E (2020) Heparan sulfate proteoglycans regulate BMP signalling during neural crest induction. Dev Biol 460: 108-114


Kiecker C, Clarke J, Bell E (2019) Teaching embryology through science fiction and role-play. Med Educ 53: 519


Kiecker C, Bates T, Bell E (2016) Molecular specification of germ layers in vertebrate embryos. Cell Mol Life Sci 73: 923-47


Bates TJ, Vonica A, Heasman J, Brivanlou AH, Bell E (2013) Coco regulates dorsoventral specification of germ layers via inhibition of TGF? signalling. Development 140: 4177-4181


Lin HH, Bell E, Uwanogho D, Perfect LW, Noristani H, Bates TJ, Snetkov V, Price J, Sun YM (2010) Neuronatin promotes neural lineage in ESCs via Ca(2+) signaling. Stem Cells 28: 1950-60


Kriebitz NN, Kiecker C, McCormick L, Lumsden A, Graham A, Bell E (2009) PRDC regulates placode neurogenesis in chick by modulating BMP signalling. Dev Biol