- I am heading up a research laboratory together with Dr. Lincon Stamp in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. Our research is focused on investigating the development of the enteric nervous system, the nervous system in the gastrointestinal tract. Proper development and function of the digestive tract is crucial for good health. Gastrointestinal function relies on the co-ordinated activity of neural circuits in the enteric nervous system. During development, enteric neurons arise from neural crest cells that emigrate from the caudal hindbrain and migrate into and along the developing gut. Our research is focused on the mechanisms controlling the development of the enteric nervous system and the potential of cell therapy for treating diseases of the enteric neurons.