Samantha Annette Morris, PhD

Samantha Annette Morris, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Associate Professor of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

Cancer represents an uncontrolled perturbation of gene regulatory networks, resulting in aberrant cellular behavior and loss of normal cell identity. As a stem cell biology lab with expertise in engineering cell fate, we aim to identify dysregulated nodes in tumor gene regulatory networks for novel therapeutic targeting, focusing on pediatric cancers.


  • 2006: PhD, oncology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom


  • 2007 - 2011: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 2011 - 2014: Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass.

Selected Research Publications

Dissecting cell identity via network inference and in silico gene perturbation.
  • Kamimoto K, Stringa B, Hoffmann CM, [...] Morris SA
  • Nature 2023
Gene regulatory network reconfiguration in direct lineage reprogramming.
  • Kamimoto K, Adil MT, Jindal K, [...] Morris SA
  • Stem Cell Reports 2023
The impact of AI on research.
  • Weigel A, Caldas C, Meyer A, Morris SA
  • Cell 2022
In preprints: the fast-paced field of single-cell lineage tracing.
  • Rodriguez-Fraticelli A, Morris SA
  • Development 2022

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