stem cells in their environment


Fiona Watt obtained her DPhil from the University of Oxford, and carried out her postdoctoral research at M.I.T, Cambridge, USA.

She established her first lab at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London, and then moved to London Research Institute.

From 2006 to 2012 she was Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, University of Cambridge. She moved to King's College London in September 2012 to take up the post of Director, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.

In 2022 the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine merged with the Centre for Cell and Gene Therapy to become the Centre for Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine.


The major research interest of the wattlab is in how the differentiated state of adult tissues is maintained. We study this using mammalian skin as a model system.

Current projects are concerned with self-renewal and lineage selection by human and mouse epidermal stem cells; the role of stem cells in epidermal and oral tumour formation; and the assembly and function of the epidermal cornified envelope.

We are particularly interested in the interplay between intrinsic and extrinsic factors in the regulation of the cell fate decisions.


Please see our Job Opportunities section on the King's College London website for details of any vacancies.

If you are interested in setting up a lab within the Centre, please contact Professor Watt: