ReGen: Post-show with scientists
Playwright Juan Echenique is joined by scientists from the King’s College Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for a conversation about the science behind ReGen, stem cells, the building blocks of the human body and biological engineering. An afternoon discovering the future of medicine, and all its potential ramifications, with the scientists currently taking science to the next level.
Miguel Bernabe-Rubio: Post Doctoral Researcher
Inês Sequeira: Research Associate
Ella-Louise Hubber: PhD student
Mukul Tewary: Post Doctoral Researcher
Matteo Vietri Rudan: Post Doctoral Researcher
Juan Echenique: Actor and Writer of ReGen
Miguel Bernabe-Rubio, PhD
I did my PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at the Centre for Molecular Biology "Severo Ochoa" in Madrid under the supervison of Prof. Miguel Alonso. During my PhD I worked on cell division, cell polarity and cilium formation. I started my postdoctoral studies about one year ago under the supervision of Prof. Fiona Watt at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. My current project focuses on elucidating molecular mechanisms involved in stem cell plasticity during tissue regeneration. Specifically, I am interested in studying how fully differentiated cells are able to revert into stem cells upon different stimuli.
Inês Sequeira, PhD
Inês Sequeira is a Research Associate at the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine in the King’s College London. Her main research focus is to understand the regulation of stem cells to regenerate the skin and hair follicle. She is also interested in how stem cells deregulate to develop tumours, particularly studying the signalling pathways at the onset of the stem cell progression to cancer, as well as the nature of the stem cell heterogeneity. Inês’s interests encompass cross-discipline research, collaborating with bioinformaticians and mathematicians to developing tools for image analysis and modelisation of stem cell behaviour.
Inês has also been engaged in several science outreach activities and has developed projects between art and science (sequeira.science): she collaborated with architects and artists to create a Stem Cell Hotel for an art exhibition at the Somerset House in London, she organises students visits to the laboratory and is involved in school visits with Native Scientist.
Ella is a PhD student in her second year of study on the Wellcome Trust Cell Therapies and Regenerative Medicine Programme at King’s College London. Her research project is focussed on using a versatile adult stem cell, called mesenchymal stem cells, to improve the function and survival of insulin producing beta cells in culture so they can be transplanted into patients as a treatment for type 1 diabetes.
Mukul completed his undergrad in Electrical Engineering, his Masters in Physics and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering. He brings his multi-disciplinary skill-set to his postdoctoral studies in the field of stem cell bioengineering where he is applying engineering principles to understand how stem cells in the skin make their decisions. In his free time, Mukul loves to play tennis and football.
Matteo Vietri Rudan
I took my undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Rome Tor Vergata and subsequently moved to London where I obtained my PhD in Molecular Biology and Genomics from UCL, working in Dr Suzana Hadjur’s lab. My PhD research focussed on the evolution of DNA folding in mammals. I have been working as a PostDoc in Fiona Watt’s lab at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine since three years where I am studying how lipids and non-coding RNA can influence the differentiation of epidermal stem cells.