Clemens Kiecker

Clemens Kiecker

Senior Lecturer, Group leader


Clemens graduated in Biochemistry from the Freie Universitaet Berlin in 1997 and moved to Prof Christof Niehrs' lab at the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg where he worked on his PhD on the role of signalling factors of the TGFbeta and WNT families in early axis formation in the frog Xenopus laevis. After obtaining his PhD, he moved to Prof Andrew Lumsden's laboratory at King's College London in 2001 where he undertook postdoctoral research on the role of SHH and WNT signalling in the vertebrate forebrain, using the chick embryo model system, and discovered that the zona limitans intrathalamica functions as a signalling centre that is essential for cell fate specification in the diencephalon. He was awarded a lectureship at KCL in 2010 and he is now splitting his time between running his research laboratory and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in Anatomy, Embryology and Neuroscience. In 2014, he won the KCL Excellence in Teaching Award.


Thompson Reuters Researcher ID: C-7170-2009

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Kiecker C (2018) The origins of the circumventricular organs. J Anat 232: 540-553


Lipovsek M, Ledderose J, Butts T, Lafont T, Kiecker C, Wizenmann A, Graham A (2017) The emergence of mesencephalic trigeminal neurons. Neural Dev 12: 11


Kiecker C (2016) The chick embryo as a model for the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol on craniofacial development. Dev Biol 415: 314-325
Kiecker C, Bates T, Bell E (2016) Molecular specification of germ layers in vertebrate embryos. Cell Mol Life Sci 73: 923-47


Graham A, Butts T, Lumsden A, Kiecker C (2014) What can vertebrates tell us about segmentation? Evodevo 5: 24


Robertshaw E, Matsumoto K, Lumsden A, Kiecker C (2013) Irx3 and Pax6 establish differential competence for Shh-mediated induction of GABAergic and glutamatergic neurons of the thalamus. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 110: E3919-26


Ahmed AI, Shtaya AB, Zaben MJ, Owens EV, Kiecker C, Gray WP (2012) Endogenous GFAP-positive neural stem/progenitor cells in the postnatal mouse cortex are activated following traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma 29: 828-42
Kiecker C, Lumsden A (2012) The Role of Organizers in Patterning the Nervous System. Annu Rev Neurosci