Stem Cell Center

Faculty of Medicine | Lund University


Lund Stem Cell Center

Lund Stem Cell Center

Funded by StemTherapy, one of six strategic research areas of excellence in life sciences at Lund University, (supported by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and the Swedish Government), the Stem Cell Center (SCC) was established in January 2003. Lund SCC center focuses on stem cell and developmental biology of the central nervous and blood systems, and development of stem cell and cell replacement therapies in these organ systems as well as research in non-mammalian model systems.


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Isaac Canals & Henrik Ahlenius

Congratulations Isaac Canals and Henrik Ahlenius on the publication of your work "Rapid and efficient induction of functional astrocytes from human pluripotent stem cells" in Nature Methods.

In this study, the authors show that overexpression of the transcription factors SOX9 and NFIB in human pluripotent stem cells rapidly and efficiently yields homogeneous populations of induced astrocytes. In our study these cells exhibited molecular and functional properties resembling those of adult human astrocytes and were deemed suitable for disease modeling. Our method provides new possibilities for the study of human astrocytes in health and disease.

Congratulations to all authors!

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From left: Cecilia Götherström, Niels-Bjarne Woods, Dimitra Zacharaki, Dominique Bonnet & Mikael Sigvardsson. Photo credit: Vykintas Kazdailis.

On September 21, 2018, Dimitra Zacharaki, Division of Molecular Hematology, successfully defended her thesis entitled "Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Stem Cells in Health and Disease".

Faculty opponent was Professor Dominique Bonnet of the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK. Main supervisor for Dimitra's PhD studies was Professor Stefan Scheding.

Congratulations, Dimitra!

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From left: Urban Gullberg, Johanna Ungerstedt, Anna Hagström, Roman Galeev, Johannes Zuber, Jonas Larsson. Photo credit: Claire McKay

On September 13, 2018, Roman Galeev, Division of Molecular Medicine and Gene Therapy, successfully defended his thesis entitled "Identification of intrinsic regulators in normal and malignant human hematopoiesis - An RNA-interference approach".

Faculty opponent was Professor Johannes Zuber, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Main supervisor for Roman's PhD studies was Professor Jonas Larsson.

Congratulations Roman!

Dimitra Zacharaki

Division of Molecular Hematology, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Title: "Human Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stromal Stem Cells in Health and Disease"

Date: September 21, 2018 at 13.00

Place: Segerfalksalen, BMC A10

Opponent: Professor Dominique Bonnet, Francis Crick Institute, UCL, London, UK

Main supervisor: Professor Stefan Scheding

Chair: Professor Johan Richter


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Dissertation Roman Galeev

Division of Molecular Medicine & Gene Therapy, Department of Laboratory Medicine

Title: "Identification of intrinsic regulators in normal and malignant human hematopoiesis - An RNA-interference approach"

Date: September 13, 2018 at 9 am

Place: Lux Aula övre, LUX

Opponent: Professor Johannes Zuber, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Main supervisor: Professor Jonas Larsson


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