Cellular Reprogramming and Perinatal Therapy
The group's research focuses on pluripotency, translatable iPS cells and cell therapy.
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We are a team of stem cell biologists working in regenerative medicine. We are passionate about improving the quality of life of children suffering from bone fragility or brain damage through the development of the next generation of innovative stem cell and cell-free therapeutics.
Stem Cells and Pluripotency
Primary mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) can be isolated from a range of tissues throughout development but undergo replicative senescence during their expansion in the laboratory. Luckily, pluripotent progenitors, such as embryonic stem cells (ESC) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) can be used as alternative source of MSC (iMSC). We are engineering human iMSC to express and deliver high levels of therapeutic molecules for applications in regenerative medicine. We are also using iMSC to develop human organ-on-chip platforms, which enable to test the regenerative potency and toxicity of new therapeutics.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease)
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare genetic disease with prenatal onset affecting bones and connective tissue and characterised by fragile bones that break easily. OI is caused by genetic defects that result in insufficient production or abnormal type I collagen, which is the main component of bones. Grants from the MRC, Rosetrees Trust and Stoneygate Trust (awarded to Dr Pascale V Guillot. Dr Fleur Van Dijk, Prof Anna David and Prof Tim Arnett), are currently funding a project to combine iPSC and gene editing technology to develop personalised cell-based and cell-free therapeutics for the treatment of OI.
Neonatal Brain Damage
Acute ischemic stroke is caused by a sudden reduction in the blood supply to the brain and affects men and women of all ages, including neonates and children. Stroke produces neurological impairment, including cognitive, functional and mental health disabilities requiring long-term support. We are developing in vitro organ-on-chip platforms, which will enable to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of innovative neuro-regenerative treatments.
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We consider PhD applicants and post-doc fellows with prestigious Scholarship or fellowship to join our team.