Fiona M. Watt

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Fiona M. Watt

Fiona Mary Watt (sometimes falsely Fiona Margaret Watt ; born March 28, 1956 in Edinburgh ) is a British cell biologist and director of the Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King's College London . As of 2019 she is the executive chair of the British Medical Research Council .

Scientific work

Watt studies the role of stem cells in adult tissue - especially the skin - in tissue repair and cancer development . Her work is important for understanding various skin diseases such as psoriasis , chronic wounds , basal cell carcinoma and spindle cell carcinoma . Further work in cooperation with chemists and bioengineers deals with the optimal conditions for growing new skin in cell culture . Also publishes watts to the achievements of female scientists and their experience in prejudice dominated academia .


Watt received a bachelor's degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1976 and a master 's degree there in 1979 and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Howard Green at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . She had her first own research group from 1981 at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London, from 1986 she worked at the London Research Institute (formerly Imperial Cancer Research Fund ).

From 2006 to 2012 Fiona Watt was Associate Director of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and the Wellcome Trust Center for Stem Cell Research at the University of Cambridge . She has been at King's College London since 2012 . Here she is released as long as she is a manager at the Medical Research Council .

In 2003 Watt was elected to the Royal Society , in 2008 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , 2009 to the Academia Europaea and 2019 to the National Academy of Sciences .

From 1999 to 2016 Watt was President of the British Society for Cell Biology , 2008/2009 President of the International Society of Stem Cell Research . In 2008 she received the Women in Cell Biology Award from the American Society for Cell Biology , in 2012 a Wolfson Research Merit Award , and in 2016 the FEBS / EMBO Women in Science Award .

Watt has been married to biologist James Cuthbert Smith since 1979 . The couple has three children.


Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Profiles of Speakers. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  3. ^ About us - Medical Research Council. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  4. Fiona Watt - Biography. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  5. Book of Members 1780 – present, Chapter W. (PDF; 852 kB) In: American Academy of Arts and Sciences ( Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  6. 2019 NAS Election. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  7. ^ Academy of Europe: Watt Fiona. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  8. Fiona Mary Watt. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  9. Women in Cell Biology Awards - ASCB. In: May 15, 2019, accessed May 8, 2019 .
  10. ^ Fiona Watt - Grants awarded. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .
  11. FEBS -EMBO Women in Science Award. In: Retrieved May 8, 2019 .