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Don Newgreen

Don Newgreen gained his PhD at the Dept of Zoology, University of Melbourne and subsequently has held research and teaching positions at the Institute d'Embryologie (France), the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology (Germany), and Dept of Cell and Structural Biology, Manchester University (UK) prior to leading a research group at the MCRI. His major research interest has been cell movement particularly of neural crest cells, and how errors of cell movement lead to birth defects. He has been also active in research into similar processes in cancer cells, particularly the epithelial-mesenchymal transition that triggers invasion of cancer cells and migration of embryonic cells. Using molecular and cell biology methods and mathematical models, he has produced new understandings of the ways cell movement is started and how it is guided in development and cancer, and has identified fundamental errors leading to birth defects of the enteric (gastro-intestinal) nervous system.

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