Pluripotency and Reprogramming
Prof. Justin J. Cooper-White
PhD student at the University of Queensland
Recipient of UQ Research scholarship
Lab: Tissue Engineering & Microfluidics (TEAM)
University/Institute: Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland.
Project Title: Microbioreactor based High-Throughput Screening of Cellular Microenvironments to control the fate of Stem Cells.
Project Description: Understanding the explicit requirements of the microenvironment and the associated permissive cues for efficient differentiation of stem cells into functional tissue cells, both in vitro and in vivo, remains a significant challenge to the field of regenerative medicine. This project will provide new insight into how molecular pathways may be explicitly manipulated to ensure highly efficient differentiation of starting cell populations into heart cells, through the development of a new, multiplexed rapid screening platform capable of mimicking microenvironments within tissues during repair or development.
Academic Background: Masters in Biotechnology (Advanced), The University of Queensland, 2010. Bachelors in Engineering (Biotechnology), Visvesvaraya Technological University, 2007.
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, Microfluidics
Research Experience: Gained 2+ years of research experience covering different areas such as Cancer Biology, Upstream and Downstream processing, Drug Toxicology studies, Stem Cell Culture, Nanotechnology, Microfluidics and Nanofabrication.