Dr Daniel Pearce


Personal Profile

Name: Daniel Pearce Email: daniel.pearce@ucl.ac.uk
Title: Dr Tel: 020 76794393
Department: Genetics, Evolution & Environment Fax:
Position: Lecturer Address: Room 325 Darwin Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Research Domain: Ageing, Cancer, Personalised Medicine, Populations & Lifelong Health, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine (Frontier Disciplines) Web Page: Personal Web Page


Research Description

Stem cells have been found in most tissues/organs. These stem cells produce replacements for lost and damaged cells, and it is not completely understood how this regenerative capacity becomes diminished during ageing. One hypothesis is that stem cells are more likely to sacrifice themselves than risk potentially cancer-causing damage being passed onto progeny. This should reduce the incidence of cancer, but ultimately, may lead to a reduction in stem cells with age that contributes to the ageing process.

Current research aims include;

  • Characterisation of age-based alterations in the phenotype and function of murine and human haematopoietic stem cells,
  • Analysis of the role of haematopoietic stem cell-specific antitoxicity mechanisms during ageing
  • Long-term tracking of the dynamics of age-based alterations in stem and progenitor cells
  • Analysis of stem cell epigenetic alterations during ageing and how this alters gene expression
  • Analysis of the effect of calorific restriction on murine haematopoietic stem ageing.

Research Activities

Cell signalling

The biology of ageing and the role of somatic stem cells in this process.

Education Description

BIOL1004: First year key skills

BIOL2004/G004: Fundamentals of Molecular Biology

BIOL3017/3017A/G017/M017: Biology of Ageing

BIOL3024/M024/G024: Advanced Molecular Biology: Genomics and Evolution

Biological Sciences MSci Extended Projects BIOLM030

Biological Sciences MSci Projects BIOLM005 

Biological Sciences Projects BIOL3005 

Biological Sciences Projects BIOL3004 

BIOSG001 (BENGG032): The Scientific Literature

BIOSG002: Biosciences Research Skills

CELL2008 Integrative Cell Biology (Part 1)

UCL Collaborators

Prof Dame Linda Partridge; Prof David Gems; Mr Wasim Khan; Prof Michael Duchen; Prof David Marsh; Dr Babis Rallis; Dr Lazaros Foukas

External Collaborators



    • Taiwo O, Wilson GA, Emmett W, Morris T, Bonnet D, Schuster E, Adejumo T, Beck S, Pearce DJ (2013). DNA methylation analysis of murine hematopoietic side population cells during aging.. Epigenetics, 8(10), 1114 - 1122. doi:10.4161/epi.26017


    • Taiwo O, Wilson GA, Morris T, Seisenberger S, Reik W, Pearce D, Beck S, Butcher LM (2012). Methylome analysis using MeDIP-seq with low DNA concentrations.. Nat Protoc, 7(4), 617 - 636. doi:10.1038/nprot.2012.012


    • Oke A, Pearce D, Wilkinson RW, Crafter C, Odedra R, Cavenagh J, Fitzgibbon J, Lister AT, Joel S, Bonnet D (2009). AZD1152 rapidly and negatively affects the growth and survival of human acute myeloid leukemia cells in vitro and in vivo.. Cancer Res, 69(10), 4150 - 4158.
    • Pearce D, Bonnet D (2009). Ageing within the hematopoietic stem cell compartment.. Mech Ageing Dev, 130(1-2), 54 - 57.
    • Boxall SA, Cook GP, Pearce D, Bonnet D, El-Sherbiny YM, Blundell MP, Howe SJ, Leek JP, Markham AF, de Wynter EA (2009). Haematopoietic repopulating activity in human cord blood CD133+ quiescent cells. Bone Marrow Transplant., 43(8), 627 - 635.


    • Taussig DC, Miraki-Moud F, Anjos-Afonso F, Pearce DJ, Allen K, Ridler C, Lillington D, Oakervee H, Cavenagh J, Agrawal SG, Lister TA, Gribben JG, Bonnet D (2008). Anti-CD38 antibody-mediated clearance of human repopulating cells masks the heterogeneity of leukemia-initiating cells.. Blood, 112(3), 568 - 575.


    • Pearce DJ, Bonnet D (2007). The combined use of Hoechst efflux ability and aldehyde dehydrogenase activity to identify murine and human hematopoietic stem cells.. Exp Hematol, 35(9), 1437 - 1446.
    • Pearce DJ, Anjos-Afonso F, Ridler CM, Eddaoudi A, Bonnet D (2007). Age-dependent increase in side population distribution within hematopoiesis: implications for our understanding of the mechanism of aging.. Stem Cells, 25(4), 828 - 835. doi:10.1634/stemcells.2006-0405
    • Pearce DJ, Afonso F, Ridler C, Eddaoudi A, Bonnet D (2007). Age dependent increase in SP distribution within Hematopoiesis: implications for our understanding of the mechanism of aging. Stem Cells, 25(4), 828 - 835. doi:10.1634/stemcells.2006-0405


    • Pearce DJ, Taussig DC, Bonnet D (2006). Implications of the expression of myeloid markers on normal and leukemic stem cells.. Cell Cycle, 5(3), 271 - 273.
    • Pearce DJ, Taussig D, Zibara K, Smith LL, Ridler CM, Preudhomme C, Young BD, Rohatiner AZ, Lister TA, Bonnet D (2006). AML engraftment in the NOD/SCID assay reflects the outcome of AML: implications for our understanding of the heterogeneity of AML. Blood, 107(3), 1166 - 1173. doi:10.1182/blood-2005-06-2325
    • Smith L-L, Pearce D, Smith ML, Jenner M, Lister TA, Bonnet D, Goff L, Fitzgibbon J (2006). Development of a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction method for monitoring CEBPA mutations in normal karyotype acute myeloid leukaemia.. Br J Haematol, 133(1), 103 - 105.
    • Simpson C, Pearce DJ, Bonnet D, Davies D (2006). Out of the blue: a comparison of Hoechst side population (SP) analysis of murine bone marrow using 325, 363 and 407 nm excitation sources.. J Immunol Methods, 310(1-2), 171 - 181.


    • Pearce DJ, Taussig D, Simpson C, Allen K, Rohatiner AZ, Lister TA, Bonnet D (2005). Characterization of cells with a high aldehyde dehydrogenase activity from cord blood and acute myeloid leukemia samples. Stem Cells, 23(6), 752 - 760. doi:10.1634/stemcells.2004-0292
    • Taussig DC, Pearce DJ, Simpson C, Rohatiner AZ, Lister TA, Kelly G, Luongo JL, Danet-Desnoyers G-AH, Bonnet D (2005). Hematopoietic stem cells express multiple myeloid markers: implications for the origin and targeted therapy of acute myeloid leukemia.. Blood, 106(13), 4086 - 4092.


    • Pearce DJ, Ridler CM, Simpson C, Bonnet D (2004). Multiparameter analysis of murine bone marrow side population cells. Blood, 103(7), 2541 - 2546. doi:10.1182/blood-2003-09-3281


    • Whiting KA, McGuckin CP, Wertheim D, Pearce D, Pettengell R (2003). Three-dimensional analysis of CD34 sialomucin distribution on cord blood and bone marrow.. Br J Haematol, 122(5), 771 - 777.
    • McGuckin CP, Pearce D, Forraz N, Tooze JA, Watt SM, Pettengell R (2003). Multiparametric analysis of immature cell populations in umbilical cord blood and bone marrow.. Eur J Haematol, 71(5), 341 - 350.


    • Taussig DC, Pearce DJ, Bonnet DA (2002). Male cells in female recipients of hematopoietic-cell transplants.. N Engl J Med, 347(3), 218 - 220.