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New paper: using stem cells as mini factories for stroke repair

It’s (finally) here! The big paper from my PhD titled “Systemic conditioned medium treatment from interleukin-1 primed mesenchymal stem cells promotes recovery after stroke” was just published last week in Stem Cell Research & Therapy. Thanks to my fantastic co-workers who made it possible! It’s open access meaning anyone can read it here without an annoying paywall. To me it represents several years of work, lots of long days, several weekends in the lab and an epic battle…

PhD Examination Process Explained

Oh geez, I haven’t updated my blog since June. The reason is that I’ve been really busy finishing my PhD. It’s a rather drawn-out process which confused many of my friends and family. After I handed in at the end of September lots of people were excitedly asking if I’d finished. Then I had to…

Caturday Science: Catnip

This is my cat, Marzipan, responding to some catnip I rubbed on the floor. She usually responds by rolling around but other behaviours often seen include licking, sniffing, biting, drooling and kicking. The effects typically last for 5-15 minutes and after it wears off, they won’t respond again for about 30 minutes. Have you ever…

Genetics…with cats!

I recently teamed two of my favourite things together, science and cats, and made two videos. The first explains some basic genetics using cat coat length as an example: In the second, I explain some of the genetics of cat coat colour inheritance: The genetics turned out to be far more complicated than expected but…

New Video

Hi! Just a quick post to say my next regenerative medicine video is up. I’m thoroughly enjoying making these and I think I’m improving all the time. I now know what more of the buttons on our DSLR do at the very least. Thanks to my other half, Johan, who very kindly made me a…