Megan Davey describes her position as a scientist at the edge of human knowledge, and her work in embryonic development. Her talk shows us we are all part of science’s journey into exploring the unknown and uncertainty for the benefit of us all.

Megan came to the UK at 18 to study Anatomy and Developmental Biology at UCL on their Pathfinder Programme, before she undertook a PhD in Developmental Biology at the University of Dundee. She discovered the TALPID3 mutation, the first ever chicken mutant identified and has recently shown that the TALPID3 gene is also important in human development.

She is now a Group Leader at The Roslin Institute where she uses comparative avian anatomy and genomics to understand the fundamental rules of vertebrate embryonic development.

Megan lives in Portobello with her two sons, where, like Darwin, they like hunting for sea-mice.