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  • Principal Investigator, Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, University of Auckland

Research interests

Generation of human iPS cells from patients with kidney disease.


  1. O'Brien LL, Grimaldi M, Kostun Z, Wingert RA, Selleck R, Davidson AJ. Wt1a, Foxc1a, and the Notch mediator Rbpj physically interact and regulate the formation of podocytes in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2011 Oct 15;358(2):318-30.
  2. Wingert RA, Davidson AJ. Zebrafish nephrogenesis involves dynamic spatiotemporal expression changes in renal progenitors and essential signals from retinoic acid and irx3b.  Dev Dyn. 2011 Aug;240(8):2011-27.
  3. Cuong Q. Diep, Dongdong Ma, Rahul C. Deo, Teresa M. Holm, Richard W. Naylor, Natasha Arora, Rebecca A. Wingert, Frank Bollig, Gordana Djordjevic, Benjamin Lichman, Hao Zhu, Takanori Ikenaga, Fumihito Ono, Christoph Englert, Chad A. Cowan, Neil A. Hukriede, Robert I. Handin, Alan J. Davidson. Identification of adult nephron progenitors capable of kidney regeneration in zebrafish. Nature. 2011 Feb 3;470(7332):95-100.
  4. de Jong JLO*, Davidson AJ*, Wang Y, Palis J, Opara P, Pugach E, Daley GQ, and Zon LI.  Retinoic acid signaling suppresses primitive erythroid development. Blood. 2010 Jul 15;116(2):201-9.* equal contribution.
  5. Amigo JD, Ackermann GE, Cope JJ, Langer NB, Shafizadeh E, Shaw GC, Trede NS, Davidson AJ, Kourkoulis G, Hsu K, Kanki J, Shah DI, Lin HF, Handin RI, Zon LI, Cantor AB, and Barry H. Paw.  The Role and Regulation of Friend of GATA-1 (FOG-1) During Blood Development in the Zebrafish. Blood 2009; 114:4654-4663.
  6. Hall C, Flores MV, Chien A, Davidson AJ, Crosier K, and Crosier PJ. Transgenic zebrafish reporter lines reveal conserved Toll-like receptor signaling potential in embryonic myeloid leukocytes and adult immune cell lineages. Leuk Biol 2009; 85:751-765.
  7. Clatworthy AE, Lee JS, Leibman M, Kostun Z, Davidson AJ, and Hung DT. Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection of zebrafish involves both host and pathogen determinants.  Infect. Immun. 2009; 77:1293-1303.
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