Katie Long

Katie Long

MRC Career Development Fellow, Group Leader


Katie Long completed her undergraduate studies in Biomedical Science at Sheffield University before moving to The University of Edinburgh to undertake her PhD with Charles french-Constant at the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine. During her PhD, she revealed the critical role of integrins in neural development using the chick as a model system. She subsequently expanded her work on extracellular matrix and neural development as a postdoc with Wieland Huttner at the MPI-CBG in Dresden, where she has developed a novel system to investigate and manipulate human neocortical development which has uncovered a novel role for the extracellular matrix in the folding of the human neocortex. She was awarded a King's Prize Fellowship and Professor Anthony Mellows Medal in 2018 and started as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Developmental Neurobiology and MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders in 2019. She is currently an MRC Career Development Fellow.


ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0660-2486

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All publications:


Cubillos P, Ditzer N, Kolodziejczyk A, Schwenk G, Hoffmann J, Schütze TM, Derihaci RP, Birdir C, Köllner JE, Petzold A, Sarov M, Martin U, Long KR, Wimberger P, Albert M (2024) The growth factor EPIREGULIN promotes basal progenitor cell proliferation in the developing neocortex. EMBO J


Newland B, Long KR (2022) Cryogel scaffolds: soft and easy to use tools for neural tissue culture. Neural Regen Res 17: 1981-1983
Massimo M, Long KR (2022) Orchestrating human neocortex development across the scales; from micro to macro. Semin Cell Dev Biol 130: 24-36


Ucar B, Kajtez J, Foidl BM, Eigel D, Werner C, Long KR, Emnéus J, Bizeau J, Lomora M, Pandit A, Newland B, Humpel C (2021) Biomaterial based strategies to reconstruct the nigrostriatal pathway in organotypic slice co-cultures. Acta Biomater 121: 250-262