Guest blogger Professor Davies read Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge, gained a PhD in developmental biology as an Elmore Scholar at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, then was a post-doctoral fellow in the Cancer Research Campaign’s laboratory of medical oncology. He joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1995, and became its Professor of Experimental Anatomy in 2007. His research centres on how organs are made in a developing foetus, and how we might use that knowledge to build new ones for people with organ failure and as test systems for drugs and toxicants. The group also has a strong interest in connecting wet-lab work with bioinformatics and is the home of two large international databases. Davies is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.