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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Career

  •  2018-date: Royal Society E.P. Abraham Professor, DAMPT, Cambridge
  • 2011-date: Herchel Smith Chair in Physics, Cavendish Laboratory,
  • Cambridge
  • 2002-2010: Personal Chair in the Theory of Condensed Matter, Cavendish Laboratory,
  • Cambridge
  • 2000-2002: University Readership in the Theory of Condensed Matter, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1995-1999: Lecturer, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
  • 1995-date: Fellow, St John’s College, Cambridge
  • 1994-1995: Royal Society Research Fellow and Lecturer, Imperial College, London
  • 1990-1991: Junior Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Research

Ben is a member the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics. He also holds affiliated positions in the Wellcome Trust/CRUK Gurdon Institute and the Wellcome Trust/MRC Stem Cell Institute. His research interests have spanned a wide range of topics within the area of theoretical quantum condensed matter physics. However, his current interests are focussed on the application of modelling approaches to study the dynamics of biological systems, from subcellular processes, to cell fate decision-making and morphogenic processes. His research is supported by grants from EPSRC, the Wellcome Trust, CRUK and the Royal Society.

Selected Publications

  • S. Rulands, et al., Universality of clone dynamics during tissue development, Nature Physics 14, 469-474 (2018)
  • E. Hannezo, et al., A unifying theory of branching morphogenesis, Cell 171, 242-255 (2017)
  • X. Lan, et al., Cell fate mapping of human glioblastoma reveals an invariant stem cell hierarchy pre- and post-treatment, Nature 549, 227-232 (2017)
  • A. Sanchez-Danes, et al., Defining the clonal dynamics leading to tumor initiation, Nature 536, 298-303 (2016)
  • B. D. Simons and H. Clevers, Strategies of stem cell self-renewal in adult tissues, Cell 145, 851-862 (2011)
  • C. Lopez-Garcia, et al., Intestinal stem cell replacement follows a pattern of neutral drift, Science 330, 822-825 (2010)

Publications

Transitional anal cells mediate colonic re-epithelialization in colitis
CY Liu, N Girish, ML Gomez, PE Dubé, MK Washington, BD Simons, DB Polk
– Gastroenterology
(2022)
S0016-5085(22)00196-2
ASCL1 phosphorylation and ID2 upregulation are roadblocks to glioblastoma stem cell differentiation.
R Azzarelli, A McNally, C Dell'Amico, M Onorati, B Simons, A Philpott
– Scientific reports
(2022)
12,
2341
A multistate stem cell dynamics maintains homeostasis in mouse spermatogenesis.
T Nakagawa, DJ Jörg, H Watanabe, S Mizuno, S Han, T Ikeda, Y Omatsu, K Nishimura, M Fujita, S Takahashi, G Kondoh, BD Simons, S Yoshida, T Nagasawa
– Cell reports
(2021)
37,
109875
248 A developmental cellular hierarchy in melanoma uncouples growth and metastatic phenotypes
P Karras, I Bordeu, J Pozniak, C Pazzi, D Pedri, E Landeloos, N Van Raemdonck, Y van Herck, F Bosisio, O Bechter, C Blanpain, B Simons, F Rambow, J Marine
– Journal of Investigative Dermatology
(2021)
141,
S191
Visualization of individual cell division history in complex tissues using iCOUNT
A Denoth-Lippuner, BN Jaeger, T Liang, LN Royall, SE Chie, K Buthey, D Machado, VI Korobeynyk, M Kruse, CM Munz, A Gerbaulet, BD Simons, S Jessberger
– Cell Stem Cell
(2021)
28,
2020
Integration of spatial and single-cell transcriptomic data elucidates mouse organogenesis.
T Lohoff, S Ghazanfar, A Missarova, N Koulena, N Pierson, JA Griffiths, ES Bardot, C-HL Eng, RCV Tyser, R Argelaguet, C Guibentif, S Srinivas, J Briscoe, BD Simons, A-K Hadjantonakis, B Göttgens, W Reik, J Nichols, L Cai, JC Marioni
– Nature Biotechnology
(2021)
40,
74
Release of Notch activity coordinated by IL-1 beta signalling confers differentiation plasticity of airway progenitors via Fosl2 during alveolar regeneration
J Choi, YJ Jang, C Dabrowska, E Iich, KV Evans, H Hall, SM Janes, BD Simons, B-K Koo, J Kim, J-H Lee
– Nature cell biology
(2021)
23,
953
Transient suppression of transplanted spermatogonial stem cell differentiation restores fertility in mice.
Y Nakamura, DJ Jörg, Y Kon, BD Simons, S Yoshida
– Cell stem cell
(2021)
28,
1443
Secreted inhibitors drive the loss of regeneration competence in Xenopus limbs
C Aztekin, TW Hiscock, J Gurdon, J Jullien, J Marioni, BD Simons
– Development (Cambridge, England)
(2021)
148,
dev199158
Anal skin-like epithelium mediates colonic wound healing
C Liu, N Girish, M Gomez, P Dubé, K Washington, B Simons, B Polk
(2021)
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Research Group

Biological Physics and Mechanics

Room

H1.13

Telephone

01223 766833