Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology

Faculty of Medicine | Lund University


Developmental and Regenerative Neurobiology


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 Photo: Kennet Ruona/Malin Parmar

My group works with translational stem cell biology. The focus of my research is to understand cell fate specification in the developing brain and in human neural progenitor cells using cell-based models of neuronal differentiation. Our current focus is to learn how to direct and efficiently drive controlled differentiation of human stem cells into subtype-specific neurons. We also develop technologies for direct conversion of human fibroblasts into functional and subtype-specific neurons in vitro, and the conversion of endogenous glia into neurons in vivo.
The ultimate aim is to develop these cells and technologies for use in brain repair, with focus on Parkinson’s disease.


2019-01-14. We are very thrilled to be recepients of a prestigious grant awarded by The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation!
Malin Parmar's group will closely collaborate with Tomas Björklund's group on this project. Both of the groups belong to the Department of Experimental Medical Science which is why we were very happy to celebrate the grant with the head of the department Madeleine Durbeej-Hjalt as well!


2018-11-16. Congratulations to Tiago Cardoso who "nailed" his thesis today! We are now very much looking forward to his defence which will take place on Nov 30th at 9.00 AM at BMC, D15, Belfrage Lecture Hall.

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2018-10-09. På svenska: Jenny Nelander Wahlestedt har idag besökt Bålsta Parkinson Föreningen där hon berättade om vår forskning för ca. 50 engagerade åhörare. Tack till Bålsta Parkinson Föreningen för att ni bjöd in oss!
In English: Jenny Nelander Wahlestedt has today visited the Bålsta Parkinson's Society to talk to app. 50 participants about our research. Thank you for inviting us, Bålsta Parkinson's Society!

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2018-10-02. På svenska. Läs nedan om Malin Parmars femåriga projekt som nu tilldelas närmare 22 miljoner kronor från Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse.

2018-05-16. Our collaboration with Novo Nordisk & Biolamina

Read here about how Novo Nordisk, together with the Swedish biotech company Biolamina in Stockholm, collaborates with Malin Parmar and her close collegues Agnete Kirkeby and Anders Björklund at Lund University to develop a new stem cell based treatment for Parkinson's disease.

  • for Lund University's press release please click here

På svenska: Nytt samarbete mellan Lundaforskare och Novo Nordisk
Läs här om hur Novo Nordisk samarbetar med Malin Parmar och hennes nära medarbetare Agnete Kirkeby och Anders Björklund vid Lunds universitet. Målet för samarbete är att gemensamt med det svenska biotechföretaget Biolamina i Stockholm utveckla en ny stamcellsbaserad behandlingsmetod för Parkinson sjukdom.

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