Dr Neil Vargesson joined the University in August 2007, as a Lecturer in Developmental Biology. He was previously a Lecturer in Tissue Physiology at Imperial College London (2004-07). His research interests lie in the fields of embryonic limb development and vascular development - with specific interest in understanding birth defect - in particular thalidomide-induced birth abnormalities and clubfoot. His work has been published in high-impact scientific journals and some publications have received international media attention. He has a wide background of teaching expertise, recognised by a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. His teaching duties have included Course Co-ordination and organisation, Problem Based Learning co-ordinator/tutor, lecturing to small and large groups and has also been involved in helping launch the Developmental Biology option of the Biomedical Sciences B.Sc (in 2008). He has organised the IMS Seminar Series and the Cell and Developmental Biology Seminar Series. Dr Vargesson is a member of the British Society for Developmental Biology. He is an elected member of Senate (since 2008), and also sits on the College Council and on the ScotPIL Committee.