Dr Imelda McGonnell
Senior Lecturer, RVC
Imelda gained a double 1st class honours degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Pharmacy, University of London, partly funded by the pharmaceutical company Glaxo (now Glaxo-SmithKlein). She then undertook a PhD in the laboratory of Prof’s Cheryll Tickle (FRS) and Lewis Wolpert (FRS), University College London, studying mechanisms of skull development. This PhD was also funded by Glaxo.

She spent the next five years at the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, Kings College London, as a post-doctoral fellow studying mechanisms of brain and skull development. This work lead to several significant break–throughs in the understanding of common human birth defects.

Imelda moved to the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 2004 to start her own research group, the focus of which is understanding how the skull and brain interact in development to co-ordinate their growth and differentiation. Identification of the developmental mechanisms underlying Chiari–like malformation and syringomyelia in CKCS are a major activity in her laboratory. She is currently a Senior lecturer in Anatomy and Developmental Biology.
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