Scientists in the Rowitch laboratory have a shared aim to better understand the overlap between central nervous system (CNS) development and disease. Our neurobiological focus is on glia, which comprise 90% of cells in the human brain. Glia are targets in such diseases as cerebral palsy, leukodystrophy, brain cancer and multiple sclerosis.
We are a multidisciplinary, collaborative team of basic and physician-scientist researchers from around the world bringing diverse expertise. Our Cambridge laboratory operates on two sites: Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and at the Department of Paediatrics in Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Our sister laboratory is based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prof. David Rowitch is Head of the Department of Paediatrics, a Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and holds a joint appointment at UCSF (Pediatrics and Neurological Surgery).