Keeping the public up to date with current research taking place in the stem cell research community. Listen to guest speakers discuss their work, how they got to where they are today and their hopes for the future of stem cell research. Hosted by King's College London Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine.
Episode 128 - Prof Muzlifah Haniffa - "We are going to map the 37 trillion cells in the human body."
Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, Professor of Dermatology and Immunology at Newcastle University, is interviewed by researcher Dr Clarisse Ganier. Muzz talks about her pioneering work in the fields of dermatology, immunology and genomics. She discusses her involvement in the human cell atlas, that aims to map all the cells of the human body. Muzz also speaks about the importance of public engagement in research science.
To learn more about Muzz's work visit the following link: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/people/profile/mahaniffa.html
Episode 127- Prof Francesco Saverio Tedesco - “Seeing patients gives you the right motivation.”
Prof Francesco Saverio Tedesco, Professor of Neuromuscular Biology and Regenerative Medicine at University College London, is interviewed by researcher Dr Davide Danovi. Francesco talks about his work using stem cells to understand and develop new therapies for muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy. He speaks about the balance between his professions as a clinician and a scientist, and how this supports the translational goal of his research.
To learn more about Francesco 's work visit the following link: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/biosciences/people/saverio-tedesco
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Episode 126 - Dr Madeline Lancaster - "It was a classic story of scientific serendipity"
Dr Madeline Lancaster, Group Leader at the Cell Biology Division of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, is interviewed by PhD student Ella Hubber. Madeline talks about the chance discovery and ongoing development of cerebral organoids and their use in studying human brain development and size differences between human and non-human apes. She also touches on the importance of engaging with the public as a scientist.
To learn more about Madeline's work visit the following link: https://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/groups/lancaster/
Episode 125 - Dr Jürgen Knoblich- “Studying the brain is like studying oneself.”
On today’s episode, Dr Jürgen Knoblich, scientific director at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, is interviewd by PhD student Sergi Junyen. Jürgen talks about his research journey to studying brains, the benefits of using fruit flies (Drosophila) in research, and the development and future of cerebral organoids, including their use in genetic screening.
To find out more about Jürgen’s research follow this link: https://www.imba.oeaw.ac.at/research/juergen-knoblich/team/
Episode 125 - Dr Randolph Ashton - "I have faith in the cells, they can do a lot themselves."
Randolph Ashton, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is interviewed by PhD student Ieva Berzanskyte. Randolph discusses his research engineering novel materials and methodologies to direct stem cell behaviour in a reproducible and scalable manner. He talks about how harnessing the natural ability of cells to differentiate can be used to develop models and scaffolds for regenerative medicine.
To find out more about Randolph’s work please visit the following website: https://directory.engr.wisc.edu/bme/Faculty/Ashton_Randolph/
Episode 124 - Prof Weiss - "When I realised we could programme cells, I knew it is what I had to do"
Today Ron Weiss, Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT, is interviewed by PhD student Matt Chung. Ron is a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology, using computer engineering principles to program cells to be controlled by analog and digital logic circuitry. He discusses how synthetic biology can be translated into clinical benefit for a wide range of diseases, including cancer. He talks about the challenges of building reliable networks that are robust to environmental change, a key challenge in the clinical translation of synthetic biology approaches.
To find out more about Ron’s work please visit the following website: https://weiss-lab.mit.edu/