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Iain ShepherdAssociate Professor

The Shepherd Lab

Lab Location:  Rollins 1180
Lab Phone:       404-727-2686


  •  B.Sc. with Honors, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London, UK and Associateship of the Royal College of Science, London, UK, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of Oxford, 1994

Research Area

  • Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Neuroscience

Graduate Program Affiliation

  • Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology

Research Lab Description

My lab studies the genetic basis of the development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) - the nervous system of the intestine. We use genetic, cell biological, and embryological experimental techniques in our studies. These studies are clinically important. Hirschsprung's disease is a pediatric ENS condition that affects 1 in 5000 live births, the cause of which is only partly understood.