Hallas-Møller Emerging Investigator grant to Agnete Kirkeby
The purpose of the Hallas-Møller Emerging Investigator grants is to support and strengthen the development of promising young research leaders in Denmark within bioscience and basic biomedicine, which mainly focus on health and disease and understanding the human organism
The grants are one part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s new Research Leader Programme, which aims to ensure that the best research leaders at all stages of their careers have the opportunity to pursue ambitious and meaningful projects.
Agnete Kirkeby's Project
Agnete Kirkeby is an Associate Professor and Group Leader at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology, DanStem, University of Copenhagen
Her Project title is Mapping Human Neural Lineages in a Novel In Vitro Model of the Developing Neural Tube Built with Morphogenic Gradients
“Our research aims to produce pure cultures of subtype-specific nerve cells to be used as regenerative cell therapies towards neurodegenerative and neurological disorders. For this project, we have developed an advanced 3D stem cell model of the early embryonic human brain. This allows us to study the detailed cellular processes that control human brain complexity during fetal development. Using the latest techniques, we will examine each individual nerve cell in our stem cell model down to the smallest detail. We will thereby produce a map of how the hundreds of different specialized nerve cells in our brains are formed at the fetal stage. We will also develop new tools to identify and purify specific subtypes of nerve cells at different stages for transplantation therapies.” says Agnete.