Elected: 2015
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Ian Chambers
Professor of Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh
Professor Ian Chambers joined the University of Edinburgh in 1991 and became Professor of Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology in 2010. Pluripotent Stem Cells have the widest potential of any mammalian cell type and are defined by the possession of the dual capacities for unlimited expansion (self-renewal) and the ability to differentiate into any adult cell type. His lab has identified critical gene regulators that mediate the efficiency of pluripotent stem cell self-renewal, including Nanog (which was named after the mythical Celtic Land-of-the-ever-young, Tir Nan Og).