I am a hard-working researcher with a documented interest in stem cells, regenerative medicine and aging. By working in diverse research laboratories in both academia and industry, I have gained multidisciplinary training covering microscopy, flow cytometry, and molecular biology, as well as practical and theoretical competencies to investigate and critically think about scientific problems. I believe that honesty and humour are the essential features of a satisfying life and are coincidentally crucial to facing the challenges in scientific discovery.
My Research Interests
Throughout my studies, I enjoyed working with cells and learning cellular as well as molecular techniques. My fascination with myoblasts, fibroblasts, and connective tissue likely comes from my other passion – sport. I started specializing in this field during my master's studies in Denmark, where I was first introduced to myoblasts and satellite cells. In the first year, under the supervision of Pablo Pennisi, I compared human platelet lysate as a supplement replacement for fetal bovine serum during in vitro cell cultivation. Pablo taught me all the basics of myoblast cell culture, proliferation and differentiation, and various analyses to test the cell culture purity and phenotype such as FACS and microscopy. Next, I moved to Copenhagen for my thesis and started working with Abigail Mackey. My thesis evolved around creating an in vitro model to study neuromuscular junctions, which eventually led to a first-author paper. I got hands-on experience with co-cultures and broadened my knowledge in whole slide microscopy, MACS and PCR. Furthermore, my colleague Dr. Yeung taught me the basics of exosome isolation, and we were lucky to publish one short article on this topic together. With these experiences, I gained a solid foundational knowledge of skeletal muscle biology as well as know-how in techniques that are widely used in laboratories, thus providing me with the necessary prerequisites to quickly become confident in performing experiments. Lately, I got fascinated by the use of 3rd generation sequencing and its applicability and accessibility in various diseases, including age-related conditions.