Dr Fatma Olcay Kok PhD

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

IBR West
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Fatma is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Monteiro lab with particular interest in haematopietic stem cells and vascular biology. Fatma’s research is currently focused on studying the function of TGFβ signalling to control programming of haemogenic endothelium during early zebrafish development.


  • PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2010
  • BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics, METU, 2004


Lataniotis, L., Albrecht, A., Kok, F.O., Monfries, C.A.L., Benedetti, L., Lawson, N.D., Hughes, S.M., Steinhofel, K., Mayr, M., Zampetaki, A. (2017) CRISPR/Cas9 editing reveals novel mechanisms of clustered microRNA regulation and function, Sci Rep 7(1):8585.

Shin, M., Male,I., Beane,T., Villefranc, J. A., Kok, F. O., and Lawson, N.D. (2015) Targeted deletions in zebrafish flt4 reveal a requirement for ERK in lymphatic sprouting and differentiation downstream of Vegfc, Development 143(20):3785-3795.

Kok, F. O. and Lawson, N. D. (2015) A platform for reverse genetics in endothelial cells, Circ Res 117(2): 107-8.

Kok, F. O., Shin, M., Ni, C. W., Gupta, A., Grosse, A. S., van Impel, A., Kirchmaier, B. C., Peterson-Maduro, J., Kourkoulis, G., Male, I. et al. (2015) Reverse genetic screening reveals poor correlation between morpholino-induced and mutant phenotypes in zebrafish, Dev Cell 32(1): 97-108.

Kok, F. O., Gupta, A., Lawson, N. D. and Wolfe, S. A. (2014) Construction and application of site-specific artificial nucleases for targeted gene editing, Methods Mol Biol 1101: 267-303.

Gupta, A., Hall, V. L., Kok, F. O., Shin, M., McNulty, J. C., Lawson, N. D. and Wolfe, S. A. (2013) Targeted chromosomal letions and inversions in zebrafish, Genome Res 23(6): 1008-17.

Kok, F. O., Taibi, A., Wanner, S. J., Xie, X., Moravec, C. E., Love, C. E., Prince, V. E., Mumm, J. S. and Sirotkin, H. I. (2012) Zebrafish rest regulates developmental gene expression but not neurogenesis, Development 139(20): 3838-48.

Kok, F. O., Shepherd, I. T. and Sirotkin, H. I. (2010) Churchill and Sip1a repress fibroblast growth factor signaling during zebrafish somitogenesis, Dev Dyn 239(2): 548-58.

Kok, F. O., Oster, E., Mentzer, L., Hsieh, J. C., Henry, C. A. and Sirotkin, H. I. (2007) The role of the SPT6 chromatin remodeling factor in zebrafish embryogenesis, Dev Biol 307(2): 214-26.

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