14 November 2014
Interview with Henrik Semb: the pancreas, beta cells and diabetes
Professor Henrik Semb, the director of the Danish stem cell center, DanStem, and his research group focuse on how organs are formed and cells acquire their fates, in vivo.
In this interview, DanStem director, Professor Henrik Semb describes his career track and his current research. He is talking about his interest in inquiring Diabetes; he gives his advice to young scientists, and lastly talks about his aspiration.
Professor Semb group focuses on how organs are formed and cells acquire their fates in vivo. In particular, they are interested in how processes such as cell shape changes, movement and polarity, not only affect 3D architecture of the developing organ but also what type of cells are made. In vivo findings from their lab have given insight into coaxing human pluripotent stem cells into functional insulin-producing beta cells as a source for therapy in type 1 diabetes.