Two New Group Leaders will join DanStem – University of Copenhagen

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25 November 2016

Two New Group Leaders will join DanStem

Group Leaders

Agnete Kirkeby and Jakub Sedzinski are expected to join DanStem in early 2017 and establish research groups. With these recruitments DanStem will consist of 11 Group Leaders addressing basic questions in stem cell and developmental biology.

We have recruited two junior group leaders to strengthen our research portfolio in the fields of Stem Cell and Developmental Biology. Agnete Kirkeby’s research focuses on modelling human brain development with human pluripotent stem cells, and Jakub Sedzinski will contribute with a better understanding of how multilayered epithelia, such as the skin and lung epithelium, renew themselves. The two Principal Investigators, (PIs) will join DanStem in early 2017 and plan to establish research groups. 

Agnete Kirkeby, currently a Group Leader in the Department for Human Neural Development, Lund University, will use bioengineering, stem cell technology, developmental biology and bioinformatics to provide comprehensive new insights into the molecular basis of human brain development. Furthermore, some of these discoveries will contribute to new stem cell-based cell therapy in Parkinson’s disease.
Jakub Sedzinski, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Wallingford lab, The University of Texas, Austin, will use imaging together  with quantitative image processing and theoretical modeling to investigate the  mechanisms  governing  epithelial  cell renewal.  To this end, Jakub will focus on apical  emergence,  a novel cellular  behavior  that describes  a broad  spectrum  of cellular  processes resulting  in the  integration  of a progenitor/stem cell within  an existing  epithelium.

With these recruitments DanStem will consist of 11 Group Leaders addressing basic questions in stem cell and developmental biology.