Esther Bell

Esther Bell

Senior Lecturer, Group leader


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.


Thompson Reuters Researcher ID: C-5329-2009

All publications:


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



Bell E, Brivanlou AH (2004) Molecular Patterning of the Embryonic Brain in The Vertebrate Organizer Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg ed. Horst Grunz : 299-313
Eddison M, Toole L, Bell E, Wingate RJ (2004) Segmental identity and cerebellar granule cell induction in rhombomere 1. BMC Biol 2: 14
Samad TA, Srinivasan A, Karchewski LA, Jeong SJ, Campagna JA, Ji RR, Fabrizio DA, Zhang Y, Lin HY, Bell E, Woolf CJ (2004) DRAGON: a member of the repulsive guidance molecule-related family of neuronal- and muscle-expressed membrane proteins is regulated by DRG11 and has neuronal adhesive properties. J Neurosci 24: 2027-36