Toh, K., Saunders, D., Verd, B., & Steventon, B. (2022). Zebrafish neuromesodermal progenitors undergo a critical state transition in vivo. IScience, 25(10), 105216.
Busby, L., Saunders, D., Nájera, G. S., & Steventon, B. (2022). Quantitative Experimental Embryology: A Modern Classical Approach. Journal of Developmental Biology 2022, Vol. 10, Page 44, 10(4), 44.

Martin, B.L., and Steventon, B. (2022). A fishy tail: Insights into the cell and molecular biology of neuromesodermal cells from zebrafish embryos. Dev. Biol. 487, 67–73.

Fulton, T., Verd, B., and Steventon, B. (2022). The unappreciated generative role of cell movements in pattern formation. R. Soc. Open Sci. 9.

Fulton, T., Spiess K., Thomson, L., Wang, Y.,  Clark, B., Hwang, S., Paige, B., Verd, B., Steventon, B. (2022).  Cell rearrangement generates pattern emergence as a function of temporal morphogen exposure. BioRxiv. doi:

Spiess K., Fulton, T., Hwang, S., Toh, K., Saunders, D., Paige, B., Steventon, B., Verd, B. (2022). Approximated gene expression trajectories (AGETs) for gene regulatory network inference on cell tracks. BioRxiv.  doi:https:10.1101/2022.01.12.476060v1.


Thomson, L., Muresan, L., and Steventon, B. (2021). The zebrafish presomitic mesoderm elongates through compaction-extension. Cells Dev., 203748. Available at:

Romanos, M., Allio, G., Roussigné, M., Combres, L., Escalas, N., Soula, C., Médevielle, F., Steventon, B., Trescases, A., and Bénazéraf, B. (2021). Cell-to-cell heterogeneity in Sox2 and Bra expression guides progenitor motility and destiny. Elife Oct 5;10:e66588.  doi: 10.7554/eLife.66588.

Steventon, B., Busby, L., Martinez Arias A. (2021) Establishment of the vertebrate body plan: Rethinking gastrulation through stem cell models of early embryogenesis. Developmental Cell. 56; 17. 13 September 2021, Pages 2405-2418

Andrews, TGR., Ponisch, W., Paluch, EK., Steventon, B.,  Benito-Gutierrez, E. (2021) Single-cell morphometrics reveals ancestral principles of notochord development. Development.15;148(16):dev199430.

McLaren, S., and Steventon, B. (2021). Anterior expansion and posterior addition to the notochord mechanically coordinate embryo axis elongation. Development. 2021 Sep 15;148(18):dev199459

Busby, L., and Steventon, B. (2021). Tissue tectonics and the multi-scale regulation of developmental timing. Interface Focus 11, rsfs.2020.0057.

Sambasivan, R. and Steventon, B. (2021). Neuromesodermal Progenitors: A basis for robust axial patterning in development and evolution. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. 8, 1772


Pond, A., Hwang, S., Verd, B., and Steventon, B. (2020) A deep learning approach for staging embryonic tissue isolates with small data. PLoS ONE. 16(1): e0244151.

Moris, N., Martinez Arias, A., and Steventon, B. (2020). Experimental embryology of gastrulation: pluripotent stem cells as a new model system. Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev. 64, 78–83.

Fulton, T., Trivedi, V., Attardi, A., Anlas, K., Dingare, C., Arias, A.M., and Steventon, B. (2020). Axis Specification in Zebrafish Is Robust to Cell Mixing and Reveals a Regulation of Pattern Formation by Morphogenesis. Current Biology. 30, 15, P2984-2994

Shi, W., Koo, DES., Kitano, M., Chiang, HJ., Trinh, LA., Turcatel, G., Steventon, B., Arnesano, C., Warburton, D., Fraser, SE., Cutrale, F. (2020). Pre-processing visualization of hyperspectral fluorescent data with Spectrally Encoded Enhanced Representations. Nature communications 11 (1), 1-15


Edri SHayward PBaillie-Johnson PSteventon B, Martinez Arias A. An Epiblast Stem Cell derived multipotent progenitor population for axial extension


Fulton T, Lenz MO, Muresan L, Lancaster C, Horton E and Steventon B (2018). Long-term in toto cell tracking using lightsheet microscopy of the zebrafish tailbud. Wellcome Open Res 2018, 3:163 Access the data here:

Serrano, F., Bernard, W. G., Granata, A., Iyer, D., Steventon, B., Kim, M., Vallier, L., Gambardella, L. and Sinha, S. (2018). A novel human pluripotent stem cell-derived neural crest model of Treacher Collins Syndrome shows defects in cell death and migration. Stem Cells Dev. scd.2017.0234.

Baillie-Johnson, P., Voiculescu, O., Hayward, P. and Steventon, B. (2018). The chick caudolateral epiblast acts as a permissive niche for generating neuromesodermal progenitor behaviours. Cells Tissues Organs 1–11.

Attardi, A., Fulton, T., Florescu, F., Shah, G., Muresan, L., Lenz, M., Lancaster, C., Huisken, J., van Oudenaarden., A and Steventon, B (2018). Neuromesodermal progenitors are a conserved source of spinal cord with divergent growth dynamics Development:  dev.166728  doi: 10.1242/dev.166728

Martinez-Arias, A and Steventon, B (2018). On the nature and function of organizers.  


Turner, DA.,  Girgin, M.,  Alonso-Crisostomo, L., Trivedi, V., Baillie-Johnson, PJ.,  Glodowski, C, Hayward, P., Collignon, J.,  Gustavsen, C., Serup, P., Steventon, B.,  Lutolf, M., Martinez-Arias, A. (2017). Anteroposterior polarity and elongation in the absence of extra-embryonic tissues and of spatially localised signalling in gastruloids: mammalian embryonic organoids. 

Steventon, B and Martinez-Arias, A (2017). Evo-Engineering and the cellular and molecular origins of the vertebrate spinal cord. Developmental Biology,

Hirsinger, E., Steventon, B. (2017). A Versatile Mounting Method for Long Term Imaging of Zebrafish Development. J. Vis. Exp.,e55210–e55210.


Steventon, B., Mayor, R and Streit, A. (2016). Directional cell movements downstream of Gbx2 and Otx2 control the assembly of sensory placodes. Biology Open, 2016. 

Steventon, B., Duarte, F., Lagadec, R., Mazan, S., Nicolas, J.-F., & Hirsinger, E. (2016). Species tailoured contribution of volumetric growth and tissue convergence to posterior body elongation in vertebrates. Development, 2016. 143(10):1732-41.

Earlier works

Steventon B, Mayor R and Streit A. (2014) Neural crest and placode interaction during the development of the cranial nervous system. Developmental Biology. 2014. 389 (1): 28-38.

Theveneau E, Steventon B, Garcia S, Trepat X, Streit A and Mayor R. (2013) Chase-and-run between adjacent cell populations promotes directional collective migration. Nature Cell Biology. . 15(7): 763-72.

Steventon B, Mayor R and Streit A. (2012) Mutual repression between Gbx2 and Otx2 in sensory placodes reveals a general mechanism for ectodermal patterning. Developmental Biology. 367(1): 55-65.

Steventon B and Mayor R. (2012) Early neural crest induction requires an inhibition of Wnt signaling. Developmental Biology. 365 (1): 196-207.

Steventon B, Araya C, Linker C, Kuriyama S, Mayor R. (2009) Differential requirements of BMP and Wnt signalling during gastrulation and neurulation define two steps in neural crest induction. Development.  Mar; 136 (5): 771-9.

Steventon B, Carmona-Fontaine C, Mayor R. (2005) Genetic network during neural crest induction: from cell specification to cell survival. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2005 Dec; 16 (6):647-54.