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Mr. Peter A. Lawrence

Member, Department of Zoology

University of Cambridge

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University of Cambridge

Downing Street

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3EG

United Kingdom

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The Cambridge Canadian Studies Initiative (CCSI) was founded in 2004, creating a new focal point for Canadian Studies at the University of Cambridge. The CCSI was widely welcomed as reestablishing an institutional presence for Canadian Studies at Cambri ... more

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Employment History

Senior Investigator

The Wellcome Trust Limited

Researcher At the Laboratory of Molecular Biology



Zoology Ltd


Emeritus Scientist

Advisory Board Member
Biologists Ltd

Advisory Board Member

Emeritus Scientist
Medical Research Council

The Royal Society

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molecular biologist and Royal Society

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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European Molecular Biology Organisation




University of Cambridge

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Developmental Biology 20, 263-290 Recommended by Peter Lawrence (University of Cambridge) The first article in this series was the 1940 paper that first identified the number of cell layers in the shoot meristem.[...]

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Peter A. Lawrence of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge has written a beautifully argued article, The Mismeasurement of Science.

Lawrence argues eloquently a point that I too have been advocating for years. It is well known that, in spite of an increased proportion of women entering biomedical research as students, there has been little, if any, increase in the representation of women at the top. This causes much hand-wringing among university bureaucrats, who fail to notice that one reason for it is the very policies that they themselves advocate. Women, I suspect, are less willing to embrace the semi-dishonest means that are needed to advance in science. As Lawrence puts it
It is interesting that Peter Lawrence is associated with the Laboratory for Molecular Biology, one of the most successful labs of all time.
If that method were adopted, the Institution would pressurise its members to behave in precisely the same bad ways as Lawrence has described, in order to increase the aggregate score (see also )
The Mismeasurement of Science, by Peter Lawrence (who is one of the signatories of the [...]
10 What Vince Cable got wrong about research, what he got right, and what should be done // Sep 13, 2010 at 17:08
[...] still put up with a system that seems, at times, not much different from slavery. See, for example, The Mismeasurement of Science by Peter A. [...]
Such numbers can be reached only by unethical behaviour, as described by Peter Lawrence in The Mismeasurement of Science.
[...] should spend Christmas reading Peter Lawrence's wonderful essay on The Mismeasurement of Science.
Peter Lawrence has set out the [...]
Once again, I'm reminded of Peter Lawrence's essay, The Mismeasurement of Science. Speaking of the perverse incentives and over-competitiveness that has invaded academia, he [...]

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Dr Peter Lawrence, University of Cambridge

Peter Lawrence Cells in epithelial sheets are polarised in the plane of the sheet, as shown by the patterned orientation of mammalian hairs and insect bristles. This fundamental phenomenon, known as planar cell polarity (PCP), is essential during development, and failures in PCP have been implicated in common human birth defects, such as cleft palate, spina bifida, hearing defects and polycystic kidney disease. Dr Lawrence studies PCP in the fruit fly Drosophila and has recently discovered that single epithelial cells can be multipolar - polarised in different directions - suggesting that the mechanisms of PCP are subcellular. During this award, Dr Lawrence aims to understand the molecular mechanisms by which cells read and interpret their environment to determine their orientation and communicate this information to neighbouring cells, by using a combination of Drosophila genetics, cell biology and in vivo imaging.
Dr Peter Lawrence, University of Cambridge
Peter Lawrence Cells in epithelial sheets are polarised in the plane of the sheet, as shown by the patterned orientation of mammalian hairs and insect bristles. This fundamental phenomenon, known as planar cell polarity (PCP), is seen across animal and plant development. Dr Lawrence studies PCP in the fruit fly Drosophila, the model system best suited to genetic and molecular analysis. He aims to understand the molecular mechanisms whereby cells read their orientation within an animal or organ and communicate that information to neighbouring cells.

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