Dr Mubeen Goolam received his undergraduate and MSc degrees from the University of Cape Town. His MSc research investigated in vitro modelling of mouse corneal endothelial development under the supervision of Prof Sue Kidson. In 2012 he registered for a PhD at the University of Cambridge as a Mary Gray Fellow in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience where he identified novel molecular mechanisms involved in early cell fate decisions during mouse development. In 2017 Mubeen moved to the University of Oxford to take up a post-doctoral position in Prof Liz Robertson’s lab to study maternal-foetal interactions during early pregnancy and was also awarded a Junior Research Fellowship to Wolfson College Oxford during this time. In 2020 he moved back to the University of Cape Town to start his own independent research group. His lab focuses on using stem cells to model development and disease in culture. In particular his focus is on using African specific stem cells to model embryonic and neural development.