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After the completion of my studies on Biochemistry, I came back to Sweden to extend my experience on stem cells biology and regenerative medicine in Lanner's lab.

Laura Baque Vidal

PhD student

After the completion of my studies on Biochemistry, I came back to Sweden to extend my experience on stem cells biology and regenerative medicine in Lanner's lab.

Research description

Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer an unlimited source of cells that can be used to derive cell tissues for cell replacement. The usage of human PSCs in regenerative medicine is limited by the immune reaction derived from allogeneic cell transplants. Human embryonic stem cells or hESCs (a type of PSCs) are derived from donated embryos that have a mixture of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) from their parental sources.  hESCs and patients will most likely differ on the combination of HLAs, therefore the hESC-graft will be unmatched from the patients' HLA profile. Using hESC-derived cells that has not been HLA-matched would cause rejection in a patient recipient, so the patient will need lifelong immunorepressors or will totally reject the graft.

Our main aim is to provide an universal hESC cell line that woud not drive rejection on any potential patient using gene editing techniques, specifically CRISPR/Cas9.

Education

2018-2017 Master's degree on "Biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedicine" by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Master's thesis on molecular phsychiatry entitled "Defining a metabolomic signature for lithium response using a peripheral cell model of biopolar disorder", supervised by Carlos J. Villaescusa and Vincent Millischer, performed on Neurogenetics Unit in Karolinska Institutet.

2017-2013 Bachelor's degree on Biochemistry by the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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