Int. J. Dev. Biol. 48: 193 - 196 (2004)
© UPV/EHU Press

Sharpening the focus; the business of epithelial cell biology. An interview with Chris Potten.

David Pearton

Equipe Biologie de la Differenciation Epitheliale, UMR CNRS 5538, LEDAC, Institut Albert Bonniot, Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

ABSTRACT Dr Chris Potten is a singularly influential figure in the field of epithelial biology. His contributions have been seminal and include the introduction of the epidermal proliferative unit and of the concept of epidermal stem cells. With around 400 scientific papers and reviews to his credit as well as two books, he has certainly made his mark. His contributions have been recognised by the award of the Curie medal and recently the Weiss medal for radiation biology. Dr. Potten graciously agreed to be interviewed for this Special Issue of The International Journal of Developmental Biology. This interview was conducted via e-mail during June -August 2003.


potten, epithelial cell biology, skin