Dr Vicki Metzis
Vicki Metzis is a developmental biologist studying how the nervous system is formed in embryos. She completed her PhD in mouse developmental genetics at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and is currently working as a postdoctoral scientist at the Francis Crick Institute. Her work combines embryonic stem cells, computational biology and mouse genetics to define how cells commit to different neural fates along the anterior-posterior axis. By studying enhancer dynamics, she has shown that the competence to form spinal cord is established in cells before they commit to neural fates. Her work has led to our understanding of how the nervous system is regionalised into brain and spinal cord territories in embryos, insights that are informing the generation of distinct cell types in vitro.