CDB Seminars
All welcome


All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm

2 Oct 11.00am: SPECIAL SEMINAR - Dr Sudipto Roy, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB)
Title: Genetic control of cilia number and ciliary length
Host: Prof Steve Wilson
Venue: Room 249 Medical Sciences Building

2 Oct: Helena (Wilson lab) /Maria Maiaru (Geranton lab)

3 Oct 1pm: SPECIAL SEMINAR - Dr Matthew Dalva, Thomas Jefferson University
Title: Visualizing the dynamics of cell signaling that underlie synapse formation
Host: Prof Patricia Salinas
Venue: Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre

16 Oct: Tom Wyatt (Charras lab) (Oates lab)

30 Oct: Harold Burgess - Title TBC (Host: Prof Steve Wilson)

31 Oct: SPECIAL SEMINAR - Sophie Jarriault (IGBMC) – Title TBC (Host: Dr Richard Poole)

6 Nov: Aude Marzo (Salinas lab)/ Maite Ogueta (Stanewsky lab)

13 Nov: (Paluch lab)/ Robert Bentham (Szabadkai lab)

27 Nov: Irene (Stern lab)/Cristina Benito(Jessen lab)

11 Dec: Marcus Ghosh (Rihel lab)/ (Chubbs lab)


Wellcome PhD Students: Final Year Talks

Thursday 25 September


Room 249, 2nd Floor, Medical Sciences Building, Gower Street

12.30pm:  Scott Curran: “Annealing: the changing role of junctional actomyosin in epithelial cell packing during tissue development”

12.55pm:  Kristina Tubby: “The development of the avian auditory hindbrain”

1.20pm:  Miguel Tillo: “Signals controlling neuronal migration in the embryonic hindbrain”

1.45pm:  Alex Sinclair-Wilson: “Olig2 and regulation of neural stem cell fate”

2.10pm:  Elena Scarpa: “Cadherin-Dependent Rac1 Polarity acquired during Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition triggers Contact inhibition of Locomotion”


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Professor Fred Spoor

Prof Fred Spoor

Fred Spoor is Professor of Evolutionary Anatomy in the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, as well as the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. He is affiliated with the Koobi Fora Research Project, and a research associate of the National Museums of Kenya.


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 4316 (Int: 34316)

Research Lab Pages

My main research falls into two areas:
- Human palaeontology, evolution of skull morphology during the Plio-Pleistocene of Africa in particular, with an emphasis on functional and developmental aspects.
- Comparative and functional morphology of the mammalian inner ear, with a focus on the relationship between the organ of balance and locomotion of particular species.
For more details see my lab page.
My research is currently supported by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation (U.S.A.), and private donations.


1985 MSc Biology, Utrecht University
1987 Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, University of Groningen.
1991 Lecturer, Dept of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Liverpool
1993 PhD, Utrecht University
1994 Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, UCL
1998 Reader, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, UCL

Present Appointments
2002 Professor, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, UCL
Professor, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

Selected Publications

(more here)

  • Spoor F, Leakey MG, Gathogo PN, Brown FH, Antón SC, McDougall I, Kiarie C, Manthi FK & Leakey LN (2007) Implications of new early Homo fossils from Ileret, east of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Nature 448: 688-691.
  • Spoor, F., Garland, Th., Krovitz, G., Ryan, T.M., Silcox, M.T. and Walker, A. (2007) The Primate Semicircular Canal System and Locomotion. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 104: 10808-10812.
  • Alemseged Z, Spoor F, Kimbel WH, Bobe R, Geraads D, Reed D & Wynn JG. (2006). A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature.443: 296-301.
  • Spoor F, Bajpai S, Hussain ST, Kumar K., Thewissen JGM (2002) Vestibular evidence for the evolution of aquatic behaviour in early cetaceans. Nature 417: 163-166.
  • Leakey, MG, F Spoor, FH Brown, PN Gathogo, C Kiarie, LN Leakey & I McDougall (2001) New hominin genus from eastern Africa shows diverse middle Pliocene lineages. Nature 410:433-440.


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