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Stem/Progenitor cells and 3D-organoid cultures

Stem/Progenitor cells and 3D-organoid cultures

Event Date
26 March 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00
SCRM Seminar Room, 5 Little France Drive, Edinburgh bioQuarter
Speaker Name
Dr Meritxell Huch
Speaker Organisation
Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr Meritxell Huch is a Junior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute. She obtained her PhD degree at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain. Then, she moved to the Netherlands to study Adult Stem Cell Biology. In the first stage of her pos-doctoral research, she isolated adult stomach stem cells and proved that these can be expanded in culture, forming “mini-stomachs” structures in vitro. Then, she moved her research focus to the study of liver and pancreas progenitors during tissue regeneration. She found that liver progenitors contribute to tissue regeneration. Furthermore, she developed a culture system that allows the unlimitedly expansion of liver and pancreas progenitors from an adult tissue, an accomplishment never achieved before. On February 2014, she joined the Gurdon Institute as a junior Group Leader, where she continues her research on stem cells and tissue regeneration.