Mr William Foster

University of Cambridge

University departments
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Position: PhD student
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Research description

Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the cells that go on to become sperm or 
eggs in the adult organism. During embryonic development, these cells 
must migrate from a distant location in the embryo to where they are 
eventually needed, in the gonad. In mammals, the biophysical 
mechanisms by which this migration occurs are not well understood. The 
aim of my research is to characterise these mechanisms, as well as study 
how this process can go wrong leading to PGCs that end up in the wrong 
place (so-called ectopics). Ectopic PGCs are important since they can go 
on to form extragonadal germ cell tumours.

Research Programme or Virtual Institute
Fundamental Biology of Cancer
Secondary Programme
Paediatric Cancer
Methods and technologies
Cell culture
Confocal microscopy
Fluorescence microscopy
Model organisms
Tumour type interests
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