Professor, Developmental Biology
Leiden University Medical Centre
Leiden, The Netherlands
Christine Mummery is Professor of Developmental Biology and heads the iPSC&OoC Hotel facility in the LUMC. She trained in Biophysics from the University of London and after her PhD was Royal Society postdoctoral fellow at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, where she later became staff member and group leader.
She was Professor of Developmental Biology at the Hubrecht Institute until 2007 and after a sabbatical at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute introduced human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) to the Netherlands. In 2008, she became Chair of Developmental Biology at Leiden University Medical Centre and was department head from 2009-2020. In 2015, guest professor at the University of Twente.
In 2010, she co-founded NCardia bv as an LUMC spin out. Her current research concerns modelling cardiovascular diseases using stem cells from patients and developing organ-on-chip models of multiple organs for safety pharmacology and potential disease and drug targets. She led an NWO Gravity proposal that was awarded a multimillion grant for this purpose in 2017 and holds European Research Council Advanced and Proof-of-Concept grants.
She co-founded the European Organ on Chip Society and the Netherlands Human Disease Modelling Technology organization (hDMT.technology). She is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW) and is president of the International Society of Stem Cell research (ISSCR). She was founding editor of the ISSCR journal Stem Cell Reports. Her ambitions include promoting women and minorities in STEM. She is on several scientific advisory boards including the Hubrecht Institute, the Allen Institute, Mogrify and Sartorius Gmbh.