Dott.ssa Madeline Lancaster – “Unravelling mechanisms of human brain development and evolution using brain organoids”

Madeline A. Lancaster, PhD
Group Leader
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Francis Crick Avenue
Cambridge, CB2 0QH

Tel: +44-(0)1223-267057 (office)


Dr. Madeline Lancaster is a Group Leader in the Cell Biology Division of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in Cambridge, UK. Madeline joined the LMB in 2015, after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) in Vienna, where she developed brain organoids.

Research in the Lancaster lab focuses on human brain development using stem cells to generate brain organoids that allow modelling of human brain development in vitro. The laboratory studies the most fundamental differences between human brain development and that of other mammalian species. The lab also studies cellular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability.

Madeline was awarded the 3Rs Prize by the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) in 2015 for her development of a 3D model of the embryonic human brain created from stem cells (brain organoids), which minimise the use of animals in medical research. She was awarded the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Dr Susan Lim Award for Outstanding Young Investigator and a Vallee Scholarship in 2021 and honoured as the Laureate for Life Sciences in the 2022 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in the UK.


Oct 30 2023


12:00 - 13:00


Aula Conferenze CNR
Via Pietro Castellino 111 - Napoli


Annalisa Fico
081 6132 718

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