Karenliu:Lab Members

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Principal Investigator


Dr. Karen J. Liu

Previous Positions
2007-present King's College London, Department of Craniofacial Development: Lecturer
2003-2006 Stanford University Medical School: Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Mike Longaker and Dr. Jerry Crabtree
1997-2003 University of California, Berkeley: PhD with Dr. Richard Harland
1995-1997 Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons: Technician with Dr. Argiris Efstratiadis
1992-1995 Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Architects (formerly I.M.Pei & Partners)
1988-1992 Columbia College, Columbia University: BA, English/Architecture



Dr. Sandra Gonzalez Malagon

Funding: BBSRC
Project: Small molecule control of Wnt signal transduction
Summary: In this project, we have two broad goals: First, we are creating new alleles of β-catenin, using an approach called inducible stabilization. Second, we are exploiting reversible chemical control to study the genetic requirements of GSK-3 and β-catenin during neural crest migration. We hope that this project will provide a suite of broadly applicable tools for the study of Wnt signaling, as well as valuable insight into the mechanisms underlying neural crest migration.

PhD Students


Basil Yannakoudakis PhD Student

Project: Genetic Requirements in Craniofacial Skeletogenesis


Kshemendra Senarath-Yapa Overseas Phd

Undergraduate Students


William Barrell BDS Student

Project: Ossification of the Skull Vault


Yvonne Yeung BDS Student

Project: Development of the palatine bone in Fuzzy mutant mice


Chiyo Shimizu Overseas BDS student from Tokyo Medical & Dental University

Project: Studying the effect of Sostdel in the mammalian skull vault.


Dr Rebecca Exley MBChB MRCS DOHNS PGDip (Med Ed) BDS Student

Project: Currently studying tracheal anomalies in the Fuzzy mutant mouse.

Related Projects

Postdocs or students interested in working in the lab are welcome to discuss potential projects and fellowship applications. Informal inquiries may be made at any time to Dr. Karen Liu.